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|This shows what a "fraud" he is
Written by JulieW
(5/22/2007 9:35 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Courtier to Bumpkin, penned by Robbin
In Meryton he is a big, courteous fish in a very small pond.
However, meeting real aristocracy on their home ground he crumbles. He becomes a gaping, grovelling and mostly silent idiot,and his social poise almost deserts him completely.
Look at these quotes from Chapter 29:
When they ascended the steps to the hall, Maria's alarm was every moment increasing, and even Sir William did not look perfectly calm...
In spite of having been at St. James's, Sir William was so completely awed by the grandeur surrounding him, that he had but just courage enough to make a very low bow, and take his seat without saying a word;
...and then by Sir William, who was now enough recovered to echo whatever his son in law said, in a manner which Elizabeth wondered Lady Catherine could bear. But Lady Catherine seemed gratified by their excessive admiration, and gave most gracious smiles, especially when any dish on the table proved a novelty to them. The party did not supply much conversation.
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