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|Elizabeth’s feelings are not puffed about
Written by Robbin
(10/7/2008 7:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Exactly!, penned by Helen Kaye
"There is hardly any personal defect," replied Anne, "which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to."
"I think very differently," answered Elizabeth, shortly; "an agreeable manner may set off handsome features, but can never alter plain ones." (Chapter 5)
I agree, Elizabeth is sadly narrow-minded in the way she sees people. Her comment (above) suggests she has never been influenced by a person’s manner or charm into seeing improvement in their physical appearance over time. This is common phenomena in JA; most notably Darcy of Lizzy in P&P (Ch. 6), Elinor of Edward in S&S (Ch. 4) and the Bertram sisters of Henry Crawford in MP (Ch. 5). So far I don’t see any clue Elizabeth is capable of growing a more reasonable outlook—she pooh-poohed Anne’s warning about Mrs. Clay without any consideration. (;D)
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