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|I love Mrs Jenning's response to his rudeness
Written by Pennie
(10/4/2006 12:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, So far, an acid test for Mrs Jennings, penned by Tom P2
As you say, it demonstrates her tolerance, and it is starting to show sides of Mrs Jennings which amount to more than mere comic relief. As with Mr Palmer, she also will still have the second half to exhibit.
We have previously discussed Marianne's 'rules', including that if people do not think and behave exactly as you do, then they are not worthy people. Mrs Jennings as a character is beginning to give a very good argument why that is not necessarily the case. She is very different to Marianne in character, but in spite of being vulgar, she is good natured, caring, and we are starting to see more substance in her.
I'm particularly fond of the exchange at the end of last week's chapters when Edward asks how the Dashwoods find the family at the Park, and when Marianne tells of how terrible they are, Elinor corrects them by saying that they are very kind and attentive neighbours. Elinor has learnt what Marianne has yet to - someone not being a suitable friend does not make them a bad person.
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