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|Lady Catherine: a great proficient
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/25/2013 8:10 a.m.)
I enjoy this bit from Chapter 31, which shows her Ladyship at her best/worst conversationally:
Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is of all subjects my delight. I must have my share in the conversation if you are speaking of music. There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient. And so would Anne, if her health had allowed her to apply. I am confident that she would have performed delightfully.
These few sentences are very revealing. First, Lady Catherine
In Lady C's defense, she does then turn the conversation back to Darcy by asking about Georgiana. But this, too, ends w/ Lady Catherine giving more advice ("tell [Georgiana] from me, that she cannot expect to excel if she does not practise a great deal").
It seems that Lady Catherine understands that conversation must include other people, but she doesn't actually want those people to say very much!
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