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|Toward's the end of Aunt's letter...
Written by Mandy N
(2/15/2004 9:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sure you are right, penned by Nasima
With this situation, it's understandable the reader gets angry. Yes, in Chapter 52 when Aunt Gardiner responds to Lizzy's enquiry about Lydia'a slip up about Mr Darcy. Towards the end of Aunt Gardiner's letter are the lines 'I talked to her repeatedly in the most serious manner,...' I am sure Mrs Gardiner rather than being harsh was trying to make Lydia alitte more thoughtful, tried to make her realize how inappropriate her conduct was not just for herself but in regard to her family. Yet Lydia knew no contrition nor felt any regret. (Lydia just didn't want to listen to Aunt's 'preaching' as Christiana points out in Ch.51) In that same letter, a few lines down Aunt says 'I was sometimes quite provoked...' but she remained patient with Lydia. I quite agree Mr and Mrs Gardiner are the best people in the novel but IMO even the best people can feel anger in the most frustrating circumstances. Mrs Gardiner shows she's wise and conceals her outward frustration from Lydia for the sake of the family. (That's more than I could do!) Well for a simple enquiry a long response. Nasima, please pardon length of post.
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