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Written by Julianne E.
(2/13/2004 12:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, No, my reaction was, penned by Chandra S
I agree that, in general, we all have outbursts of feeling and then regret the way the phrase came out. However, if we read the text:
"'Good God! what is the matter?' cried he, with more feeling than politeness; then recollecting himself, 'I will not detain you a minute, but let me, or let the servant, go after Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner.'"
After he has had an outburst of feeling (which I think was truly caring and goes along with what you said), he goes on to recollect himself and then says she looks very ill. I just thought it sounded like something no woman would want to hear. But I think Geri-Lynn was right when she said that it probably sounded better in that time period than it does now. :-)
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