I disagree; John was a waffler
Written by Mary Ellen
(9/18/2006 8:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, True, and I would add that..., penned by Julianne E.
I think that John is selfish. But I also think that he has a social conscience. I think he agrees with his wife because she is convincing and because he cares a great deal for her.
On this most recent reading, one thing struck me which I had never noticed before.
In Ch 5 it says:
Mr. John Dashwood told his mother again and again how exceedingly sorry he was that she had taken an house at such a distance from Norland as to prevent his being of any service to her in removing her furniture. He really felt conscientiously vexed on the occasion; for the very exertion to which he had limited the performance of his promise to his father was by this arrangement rendered impracticable. -- The furniture was all sent round by water.
You will say that this does not save him. He is still a mighty pig. How dare he think he can be generous by offering Mrs. Dashwood's own servants as a means to move her family to some close-by cottage. But it struck me that he really wishes to be seen as generous. He really has some intention of being generous. But really he has too small hearted to succeed.