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|A charming woman
Written by Robbin
(10/17/2005 7:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 16:, penned by Emmeline
“Anne was ashamed. Had Lady Dalrymple and her daughter even been very agreeable, she would still have been ashamed of the agitation they created; but they were nothing. There was no superiority of manner, accomplishment, or understanding. Lady Dalrymple had acquired the name of "a charming woman," because she had a smile and a civil answer for everybody. Miss Carteret, with still less to say, was so plain and so awkward, that she would never have been tolerated in Camden Place but for her birth.” (Chapter 16)
I do not think Anne is saying they were “disagreeable” as in “rude” but that they were not very “agreeable” as in “likeable” to her, meaning she did not feel they were what Mr. Elliot is later to call the best company in Chapter 16 after Anne says: “My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.”
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