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|Disagree about Elizabeth's looks
Written by Line
(10/6/2008 9:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch.1. Elizabeth is no heroine., penned by Rachel G
IMO, the paragraph you quote is the Omniscient Narrator speaking directly, not a paraphrase of Sir Walter's remarks. There is no way that Sir Walter would use the phrase "half a fool" regarding himself, even if he were just trying to be polite and didn't mean it in the least! ;-)
Also, the ON tells us earlier in the chapter that "He had been remarkably handsome in his youth; and, at fifty-four, was still a very fine man.", and that in fact his good looks were one of the reasons why his wife was attracted to him.
No, I'm convinced that Elizabeth is good-looking, period (though she knows she's getting close to the "years of danger"), and that Sir Walter is a good-looking man for his age.
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