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|Mr. Elliot's admiration
Written by Line
(10/14/2008 8:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Puzzled about Mr Elliot, looking and being looked at, penned by Tom P2
You're further ahead in this week's reading than I am, Tom, but I'll give it a try. IMO Mr. Elliot may have looked at Anne longer than usual without turning it into an embarrassing stare (remember that in P&P Darcy is constantly looking at Elizabeth), I don't rule out a slight double take ;-), and also remember that in those days people were much more attuned to subtleties of behaviour because obvious behaviour just wasn't an option! Another Pemberlean once mentioned that when you're looking at something that gives you pleasure, your pupils will automatically dilate. I don't know if the party passed close enough to Mr. Elliot to notice this about his eyes, but it might have been one of the signs of his admiration.
I think "kindly" in this sentence is a small joke on JA's part - I think we can subsitute the phrase "with great interest". When you watch someone leave for as long as you can see them, it's kind because you're interested in them.
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