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|Mirror, mirror on the wall
Written by Ramya
(10/19/2011 2:41 p.m.)
This neat little passage give a hilariuos glimpse into the contrast between Sir Walter's and Admiral Croft's minds:
I have done very little besides sending away some of the large looking-glasses from my dressing-room, which was your father's. A very good man, and very much the gentleman I am sure; but I should think, Miss Elliot" (looking with serious reflection), "I should think he must be rather a dressy man for his time of life. Such a number of looking-glasses! oh Lord! there was no getting away from oneself. So I got Sophy to lend me a hand, and we soon shifted their quarters; and now I am quite snug, with my little shaving glass in one corner, and another great thing that I never go near."
I am really surprised that Sir Walter did not cart them off with him to Bath. Considering his vanity, they would be as valuable to him as his grounds. Perhaps he did transport as many mirrors as would fit into the smaller dimensions of the house in Bath...
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