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|Prescience and (Changing) Perception
Written by Tori Marie
(3/25/2004 11:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Title is a clue, penned by Geri-Lynn
I agree with you that Lizzy is the one who seems to be having the incidents of prescience implied in the title. It's ironic, isn't it, since it is Lizzy's prejudice in JA's original book that leads her to misjudge people around her?
I do still think, however, that whatever supernatural-sight she might have gained, she has a lingering propensity to judge based on first impressions. She fails to suspect Mr. Parrish even though it seems clear to us that there's something fishy about him. ;-) Also, in the carriage house after the fire, she continues to think of Mr. Hurst as a good-for-nothing layabout, which he very well may be. But I'd think she'd at least be a bit grateful to the man who carried her beloved sister out the burning house. (Though I begin to suspect Mr. Hurst is involved in this too, but I don't expect Lizzy to suspect him.) I don't think she even thanked him, did she?
I also agree with you about the Superior Sisters. Caroline is tugging harder and harder at my heartstrings, while Louisa is behaving in an ever-increasing SUTH-worthy manner. Fetch me a hot brick, indeed! ;-p
I think Bebris has set up a nice comparison for us here. Louisa being so horrid alongside the altered Caroline, makes me think of how the old Caroline would have behaved in these situations. It points up the drastic nature of the difference between Miss Bingley and Mrs. Parrish.
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