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|But a woman could not let a gentleman know...
Written by Mary Ellen
(10/6/2005 12:49 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, sticklers for etiquette they may have been..., penned by Line
that she admired him. Most especially a stranger. This was considered quite beyond the pale. How is it that a gentleman passing in the hallway can express such mountains of appreciation with just a glance, while Jane Bennet manages to keep her opinion entirely to herself through countless family dinners? It strikes me that JAs men are transparent, although often misunderstood. CW really believes himself uninterested in Anne and this shows; the interest he is hiding from himself and from her seems to be immerging. (The same could be said of a certain Mr. D)
Without resorting to complicated character analysis, I think we can safely say that at this time in history, in this place, and for this class of people, it was considered appropriate for a man to appreciate a woman, but it was not appropriate for a woman to appreciate man other than her beloved. Somehow, a woman showing her affection for you too quickly could be a sign that her affections could shift to another just as quickly. How difficult for a woman to have to jump from friend to wife so quickly!
Sorry I'm so rambly there!
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