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|Childhood trauma… ;D
Written by Robbin
(10/6/2006 6:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In my probably doomed campaign to rehabilitate Lady Middleton..., penned by Rae
A bit tongue in cheek, ;D but here goes…I can see how a sensitive reserved young girl with dreams of elegance could be traumatized by an extravagantly good natured but silly sister and a good hearted but vulgarly jokester mother. Charlotte and Mrs. Jennings must have always been too loud, talking way too much and of things best not talked about at all—inevitably embarrassing a young LM everywhere they went. I can see how it would be overwhelming to be with them day and night for years on end—the constant clamor of voices talking over each other would be deafening indeed so I can also see LM withdrawing into the quiet solitude of her own mind for relief. If that is the reason for LM’s cold reserve then why would she accept Sir John as he is an egg from the same good-humor basket along with Mrs. Jennings and Charlotte? I find it difficult to think Sir John would disguise his true self to the lady he wishes to marry; I just do not see disguise in him so LM must have known what he was like before marriage. In a sense LM threw away her chance at escaping the torture by marrying a man so like her mother and sister because the result is a change of residence but not the kind of company she keeps. Could LM’s choice be a version of the Stockholm Syndrome where she sought out a husband just like her sister and mother because she could not bear to be without the annoying speech and good-humored activity she had come to depend upon to fill her days with meaning. ;D
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