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Written by Tracy W
(5/29/2007 5:55 a.m.)
Upon my word
I must have my share
"I assure you,
Mrs. Collins, you must send a servant with them
Somehow this all comes across as less confident than I was expecting.
Lady Catherine talks a great deal on any particular topic. For example the topic of sending a manservant with Elizabeth and Maria occupies thirteen sentences (chpt 37). And asking Colonel Fitzwilliam what he's talking about with Elizabeth takes four sentences (chpt 31). A mind insufficiently occupied?
There is a bluntness to her speech. She lacks any sentences that are as beautifully balanced as Darcy's comment about the two reasons that Caroline and Elizabeth may be walking together, and she lacks Elizabeth's irony. No metaphors, topic keeps reverting to Lady Catherine.
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