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|Mary is quite put out!
Written by Robbin
(10/10/2005 10:44 a.m.)
Captain Benwick has been so unfortunate to loose all hope of ever being distinguished by the patronage of the annoyingly whiney Mrs. Charles Musgrove whose bounty and beneficence is never shared with anyone ensuring the lucky Captain will never feel the need for any earnest endeavor to demean himself with grateful respect towards her!
In Chapter 14 Mary is in a tizzy of petulance over Captains Benwicks numerous imagined affronts to her and in very fine form regales Anne and Lady Russell with a prodigious list of denials and inattentions—all to be placed upon the head of the unfortunate Captain Benwick. First of all, he did not come to Uppercross Cottage when invited; surly they are lively enough for such a broken hearted man? She is miffed that Charles believes the Captain looks favorably upon Anne and she must immediately rectify this mistake by saying “I never heard him mention Anne twice all the time I was there. I declare, Anne, he never talks of you at all.” If by some extraordinary event Captain Benwick really does have a preference for Anne, Mary was quick to point out to Lady Russell that “…it was very little to his credit if he did. Miss Harville only died last June. Such a heart is very little worth having, is it?” Oh! But to assure there is no mistake, Mary will admit that he is rather her acquaintance than Anne’s because she has seen him every day for a fortnight! All of these complaints are so very horrible I am not sure how Mary managed to remain standing and not swoon in a faint at the mere sight of him, I am actually rather surprised that she has been able to endure the telling of it but it finally now comes the real reasons for her case against him: He is one of the dullest young men that ever lived. He has walked with me, sometimes, from one end of the sands to the other, without saying a word…He will sit poring over his book, and not know when a person speaks to him, or when one drops one's scissors, or any thing that happens."
Shocking behavior indeed! I think Mary is very annoying, selfish, and jealous of any attention given to others but this scene in Chapter 14 is quite hilarious and I think one of the funniest conservations in the novel so far, excluding the Admirals too close for comfort mirror encounters and quick escape from himself with a helping hand from his accommodating wife in Chapter 13 because that is more of a statement or speech. I would also like to go so far as to say that I hope, sincerely hope that no one is hurt by stepping on Mary’s scissors as I am positive, that although she is now settled at home, she must still be waiting for someone to retrieve them and place them into the palm of her hand.
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