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|Feeling what they want to feel
Written by Maisy
(10/11/2005 10:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An intriguing inversion, penned by Barbara
Col. Wallis' "justification" doesnít really explain Mr. Elliotís marriage, does it? Have Sir Walter and Elizabeth really learned anything that would absolve Mr. Elliot's past behaviour toward them?
It's still essentially the same story, only with added details calculated to portray Mr. Elliot as being a passive participant in the whole business. (He couldn't help marrying her, since she was beautiful and in love with him! How can he be resented for something that was "out of his control"?) Really! Who would buy into such a flimsy explanation?
But Sir Walter and Elizabeth want to believe it so they can accept Mr. Elliot's company (or at least, they want to appear to believe it).
Col. Wallis' explanation is just sweetener to make Mr. Elliot's past treatment of Sir Walter and Elizabeth more palatable to their egos. It gives them an excuse (even if they don't give Col. Wallis' justification very much merit) to make allowances for Mr. Elliot's behaviour, thus making it possible for them to renew their acquaintance with him -- something they both want to do (and they can save face whilst doing it).
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