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|The "insatiable appetite of fifteen"
Written by Barbara
(9/19/2006 8:57 p.m.)
"...in summer [Sir John] was for ever forming parties to eat cold ham and chicken out of doors, and in winter his private balls were numerous enough for any young lady who was not suffering under the insatiable appetite of fifteen."
I don't think the choice of that age is necessarily abribtrary, for elsewhere (in another novel) JA refers to it as "the most trying age". However, I think it's interesting that both Elinor and Marianne are past this and Margaret is not there yet.
I suppose the line means that a girl of that age (supposedly) could never get enough of things like balls and picnics and the like, but beyond that age, young ladies were more seriously considering their future? Any other thoughts on the line?
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