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Written by James S.
(10/11/2005 12:01 p.m.)
1) Mr. Eliot sitting in his room wandering about the party next door.
Why does JA give these characters interesting, idisyncratic actions? Mr. Eliot thinks it "ungenteel" to ask questions at an Inn -- an odd mind. Louisa, in the manner of a man, pressing her attentions on FW.
JA clearly enjoyed writing about them, though she cruelly punishes Louisa for her boldness.
SW can forget his reduced circumstances because of his shallow pleasures. Mr. Eliot can forget the past when it suits him. perhaps there is a lesson in this for FW and Anne, who seem manacled to the past, and cannot ACT. The "villians" act with gusto. They have greater flexibility, and are uninhibited. They do not ask themselves a thousand questions about propriety, and dither. They just do. Good for them.
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