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Written by Tracy W
(9/21/2006 12:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another example of Marianne's 'rules', penned by Pennie
Nor do I think implying that a person is good in many areas and deficient in others is necessarily a 180 degree change in evaluation. It may be simply developing a fuller understanding of a person.
A person can be good-hearted and generous and yet not particularly knowledgable about music or art, or a deep moral thinker.
And vice-versa, there have been deep moral thinkers who have been horrors in their personal lives (eg Rousseau who let all his children be abandoned to a foundling hospital at birth).
I think in the passage in question it is JA's description we are getting, not filtered through Marianne's perspective. This is because the chapter then goes on to describe the first dinner the Dashwoods have spent with the Middletons, so even Marianne has hardly had time to discern such matters as Sir John's habit of forming parties to eat cold ham and chicken out of doors in summer.
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