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|He does take blame
Written by Barbara
(10/14/2006 6:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, She so like Eliza..., penned by Reeba
He says that he was imprudent to allow Eliza to go to Bath and that he misjudged her friend. Of the friend's father, he says "I knew him to be a very good sort of man". Usually the words 'sort of' are a qualifier that casts some doubt, as though the speaker is not entirely sure of what he/she is asserting.
Sir John says of Willoughby: ""He is as good a sort of fellow, I believe, as ever lived."
I think there is no doubt (NO doubt) that the colonel blames himself very much for not having been more strict and less indulgent. Although his intentions were always good and he meant only to be kind to Eliza 2, he still feels the guilt deeply. "Such has been the unhappy resemblance between the fate of mother and daughter! and so imperfectly have I discharged my trust!"
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