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|Negativity or neutrality?
Written by Rachel G
(10/6/2011 3:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Maybe I'm reading more into the comments..., penned by gianni
Taken on it's own the statement "Lady Russell had little taste for wit" could equally imply distaste or indifference to wit, but I think the meaning is clear if we look at the context. That statement is embedded in whole string of half a dozen repeated negatives.
"Such confidence, powerful in its own warmth, and bewitching in the wit which often expressed it, must have been enough for Anne; but Lady Russell saw it very differently. His sanguine temper, and fearlessness of mind, operated very differently on her. She saw in it but an aggravation of the evil. It only added a dangerous character to himself. He was brilliant, he was headstrong. Lady Russell had little taste for wit, and of any thing approaching to imprudence a horror. She deprecated the connexion in every light."
JA is practically bashing us over the head here with Lady Russell's disapproval, so I cannot see this as a neutral statement and am convinced that she disliked Frederick's wit as much as she disliked his other characteristics.
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