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Written by Barbara
(9/19/2006 11:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, They complement each other well, penned by Pennie
...who mentioned the flannel waistcoats and their other purposes. I was delighted to learn this, for I always believe that JA intended for us to realize there are many more layers to the dear colonel than meet the eye at first. I'm sure Colonel Brandon must be a sportsman and it is likely, being wealthy and living on a country estate, that he is.
Sometimes people who are silent like to be around people who talk a lot. A good friend of mine who is extremely chatty was very much admired by one of my husband's friends who is very quiet and doesn't like to talk much at all. She did all the talking and he sat and happily listened to her.
In his current state of being silent and grave, perhaps it is solace to him to have a friend who holds up more than his share of the conversation.
Also, another consideration is that despite Marianne and Margaret's opinon that he is an "absolute old bachelor", he is nevertheless a wealthy estate owner of marriageable age and Mrs. Jennings has been trying to play matchmaker for him for years. It could be that a single and eligible man such as he, whose adress is 'particularly gentlemanlike' is actually is a welcome addition to the dances and things that Sir John likes to have at Barton.
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