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Written by Line
(9/23/2005 8:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I was just thinking that, penned by helena6
One thing I've noticed in JA's other novels is that the really "respectable" characters seem to be quite anti-matchmaking. I remember in P&P, when Mrs. Gardiner tells (and Jane then writes) Elizabeth about how quietly they live in London, I thought it might be better if the Gardiners made an effort to help Jane meet new people, though of course at that point she might not be in the mood. Likewise, in S&S, slightly silly Mrs. Dashwood is all in favour of her daughters going to London, while "sensible" Elinor wants to stay in the country (partly because she knows Marianne wants to see Willoughby again, of course). It's as if a really "nice" girl (and those closest to her) couldn't admit that she personally, at this moment, was looking for a husband!
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