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|Laughing at Sir Walter
Written by Cheryl
(10/3/2011 1:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 1: A mature Miss Austen already struts out her sense of humor, penned by jeffrey
I think we're supposed to laugh at him. He is a ridiculous character. Besides your quote (my favorite) there are these gems from the first two chapters:
"…the rapid increase of crow's foot about Lady Russell's temples had long been a distress to him." (ch 1)
"Mr. Shepherd felt that he [Sir Walter] could not be trusted in London." (ch 2)
"…it was only on the supposition of his being spontaneously solicited by some most unexceptionable applicant, on his own terms, and as a great favor, that he would let it at all." (ch 2) I love that phrase "spontaneously solicited" - can't you see hordes of men dashing up to Sir Walter, begging him to be allowed to let Kellynch Hall - LOL!
"applications will unquestionably follow … and beg leave to add, that two hours will bring me over at any time, to save you the trouble of replying." (ch 3) Yes, Mr Shepherd will come right over and answer that letter for you so you don't screw it up!
Ridiculous figures can still do great harm, but they are still to be ridiculed, and I'm happy to do so in Sir Walter's case.
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