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|More on taste--or the lack thereof
Written by Barbara
(9/19/2006 8:53 p.m.)
Following the discussion farther down the board on cultivated vs. natural talent, here at the start of Ch. 7, we read that Sir John and Lady Middleton "strongly resembled each other in that total want of talent and taste which confined their employments, unconnected with such as society produced, within a very narrow compass."
Does this mean that because they live in the country and are not out and about in society much, if at all, that they have no talent or taste? Or is it because they have no talent or taste that they do not mix much more with society other than their children (Lady Middleton) or such people as can be rounded up for amusements at the Park?
I suppose it's kind of a chicken and egg question, but we read that hunting and being a mother were their "only resources", and I'm not sure if that inclines the question to one side more than the other?
It's also interesting here, I think, that it is the narrator who pronounces them devoid of talent and taste rather than Marianne.
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