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Written by bridget d
(4/28/2013 4:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, No excuse for a handicap? nfm, penned by Therese
As I have said JA would not have a concept of being socially awkward as a handicap. And she would say that even if D was a bit shy, he should work on it, and overcome it and that he should surely have overcome it by the age of 28. He is a man who has been brought up in a world where socialising is the way that everything is done, politics, business, charity etc. She does not beleive that people can opt out of the social round, on the grounds that it is boring, or they're too clever or too sensitive like Marianne Dashwood. He has been brought up to socialise and must have been doing it since he was a boy. So if he's really still awkward at 28, he really has not tried that hard to overcome his shyness or awkwardness. THat is hte point of her conversation about piano playing. SHE believes that she could play as well as most women, if she practised. HE should be able to get on in society as well as most men, and if he really can't, then he ought to practice.
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