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|Chapter 18 JA's comic genius
Written by Farah-Naz
(10/17/2005 2:21 a.m.)
The contradictions that Mary makes in the letter about herself are brilliant
A one point
The house was cleared yesterday, except of the little Harvilles; but you will be surprised to hear that they have never gone home. Mrs. Harville must be an odd mother to part with them so long
...But, perhaps, if she were to leave the room vacant, we might not be invited. Let me know what you think of this. I do not expect my children to be asked, you know. I can leave them at the Great House very well, for a month or six weeks.
and then again
have this moment heard that the Crofts are going to Bath almost immediately: they think the Admiral gouty. Charles heard it quite by chance: they have not had the civility to give me any notice, or offer to take anything. I do not think they improve at all as neighbours. We see nothing of them, and this is really an instance of gross inattention
With this letter, Mary almost reminds me of Miss Bates from Emma.
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