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|Generosity of the Musgrove girls
Written by Liza G.
(10/7/2005 8:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Fever of admiration", penned by Cheryl
As we know, the Musgroves had whole lot of Hayter cousins, and Henrietta and Louisa were patronizing them with the purpose of improving their minds and manners. In this spirit, from chapter 8, we find out that "The Miss Hayters, the females of the family of cousins already mentioned, were apparently admitted to the honour of being in love with him; and as for Henrietta and Louisa, they both seemed so entirely occupied by him, that nothing but the continued appearance of the most perfect good-will between themselves could have made it credible that they were not decided rivals".
This passage is both funny and revealing. It is as if the Musgrove girls organize a CW fan club. And all is well as long as he does not show particular preference for any one of them. I think that CW would have been more guarded if the girls were catty. And notice how Jane Austen uses a plot element similar to MP and spins it in a completely different way.
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