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|What's so bad about Mrs. Clay?
Written by nan duval
(10/6/2008 9:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Mr Shepherd laughed, as he knew he must, at this wit", penned by Delories
My second focus is social heirarchy. Why is Mrs. Clay such an unsuitable compnion for Elizabeth? Lady Russell considers her "a very unequal, and in her character she believed a very dangerous companion--" I wonder what she sees in Mrs. Clay's character to make her dangerous. She's a flatterer, but that's no crime. Is Elizabeth supposed to associate only with other Baronets' daughters?
As far as Anne's opinion is concerned, so far she doesn't appear to have any other objection to Mrs. Clay than that she fears her designs on Sir Walter. Mrs Clay 'possessed an acute mind and assiduously pleasing manners"--she is smart & pleasant--is the problem just that Anne sees her as an unwelcome candidate for stepmother or does she share Lady Russell's assessment of Mrs. Clay's being "very unequal"?
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