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|Is Miss DeBourgh sickly and cross?
Written by Julianne E.
(1/27/2004 11:25 a.m.)
"She is abominably rude to keep Charlotte out-of-doors in all this wind. Why does she not come in?"
My question is, why is Miss DeBourgh out at all if she really is sickly? I pictured her pretty much the way she looks in P&P2, and she looks like she's more negatively affected by the weather than Charlotte would be. So I have to wonder which of a couple of reasons could explain her coming out in this weather:
1. Mrs. Jenkinson is at fault for misrepresenting the weather and suggesting that they go out (possible, but I wonder why Lady Catherine wouldn't then contradict her and make Anne stay home, since she knows what the weather will be!).
2. She's really not as sickly as Lady Catherine would have us believe, and it's just an excuse made by LC to cover up Anne's inability to be as "accomplished" as her daughter should be.
3. She's really not as sickly as she herself pretends to be, but it keeps her mother from expecting great things of her. (I'm starting to think this one very possible, since having LC for a mother would make a naturally shy or only moderately talented daughter afraid to perform in any way, for fear that she could never live up to her mother's expectations.)
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