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Written by Tracy W
(9/24/2006 6:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The exception..., penned by Rae
JA describes the woman as rather cold, apart from being obsessed with her children, and that's how she comes across.
And we have the comment:
Lady Middleton has a wealthy home, a husband who seems reasonably good as husbands go (as far as we know, no gambling, no mistresses, no violence), and some children she dearly loves, so I see no authorial punishment of Lady Middleton.
In fact, I wonder if Lady Middleton is intended as an answer to Marianne's belief in openness of feeling and behaviour and Marianne's ignoring social mores if it counters her . Though Lady Middleton is not personally sympathetic to the Dashwoods, her adherence to the requirements of manners protects their feelings in a way that Mrs Jennings and Sir John's openness does not. With Colonel Brandon providing a better example of the combination of manners and genuine sympathy, of course.
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