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|Overlook - could go both ways
Written by Line
(10/23/2005 4:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well done..., penned by Robbin
The *first* definition for "overlook" in my "Canadian Oxford Paperback Dictionary" is: (to) miss OR fail to see OR notice (a thing). The *third* is more in line with your reasoning (Consider (a person or thing) not good or important enough and so ignore them) but I think that if JA had meant that LR deliberately ignored CW, she would have indicated it more clearly by adding another adjective. I continue to think that LR just plain didn't spot CW going by (and it's possible that at her age, you know, her eyesight might not be *quite* what it was...I know mine isn't, and I'm still at least 10 years younger than I imagine LR to be! ;-) Also, I wonder if the definitions of "overlook" were exactly the same in JA's day as they are now. Anybody with a contemporary dictionary?
As to the fact that LR is never described as being interested in household goods before, JA was a great one for mentioning only those details relevant to the plot. The fact that this is the first time we see LR interested in domestic details is not conclusive evidence (to me) that she was *never* interested in them, just that JA didn't mention it. Actually, ch.13 mentions the "modern and elegant apartments of the Lodge", and since LR probably had something to do with the furnishing of her own home, this seems like a small clue that she might be interested in furniture, curtains, etc.
As for LR concentrating on window curtains at the very moment CW walked by, I can only say that JA used Coincidence with a capital C more than once in her writing. (Darcy coming home a day early at the very moment that Elizabeth was visiting Pemberley, anyone?)
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