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Written by Becky K
(5/1/2007 5:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sir William Lucas: just how did he gain his Knighthood?, penned by JulieW
This is a little off-topic, but directly related to Sir William. I would like to get to know Sir William a little better as I read. I was struck in Chapter 3 how the Bennet women could not get enough *satisfying* details about Mr. Bingley from Mr. Bennet, so they had to talk to Lady Lucas. She had all the information they wanted--but she had gotten her info from Sir William. How opposite Sir William and Mr. Bennet are in this instance!
However, I am wondering if Sir William is really a great opposition of character to Mr. Bennet. In Chapter 5, when Sir William is described as "courteous" after being knighted, is "courteous" supposed to be a play on words? In my Webster's, "courteous" means polite, gracious, considerate of others. However, a "courtier" is someone who attends a royal court and flatters others in order to win their favor. Is Sir William truly gracious or is he trying to win favor from people through his actions and words?
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