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Written by Maisy
(10/16/2006 10:08 a.m.)
For example, when John and Elinor discuss Barton Cottage and the hospitality of Mrs. Jennings:
But so it ought to be; they are people of large fortune, they are related to you, and every civility, and accommodation that can serve to make your situation pleasant, might be reasonably expected.Don't you just love how John implies that Mrs. Jennings is obligated to do what she can for the Dashwoods, because she has a large fortune and she is related related to them? If I were Elinor at that moment, I would be more than a little ashamed of John.
Then a little bit later, when John mistakenly suspects that Col. Brandon might want to marry Elinor, he tries to "encourage" her by pointing out that "the smallness of [her]fortune may make him hang back; his friends may all advise him against it." I find that line especially infuriating because it gives the impression that John Dashwood very likely would advise his friends against marrying someone with so small a fortune as Elinor's. (But if the Col. doestake Elinor, then not only won't John have to feel obligated to always explain his finances to her, he'll also gain a wealthy relative, who may be of some use to him someday.) Furthermore, Elinor might have a little bit more to offer in the way of a dowry if John had kept the promise he made to his dying father. :-/
Every time John tries to impress upon Elinor how "tight" his present finances are, all he does is show off how well he and Fanny live, how much money they are spending to improve the style in which they live, and how, in addition to all of this, Mrs. Ferrars still makes generous gifts of cash to Fanny when she arrives in London. And now that Elinor "understands" how difficult John's financial situation is, of course he won't have to feel obligated to purchase small gifts of earrings for his sisters.
On top of all this, John has the audacity to reveal that Fanny and Mrs. Ferrars have previously been convinced that Mrs. Jennings and Lady Middleton wouldn't be elegant enough for them to associate with:
"Lady Middleton is really a most elegant woman! Such a woman as I am sure Fanny will be glad to know. And Mrs. Jennings too, an exceeding well-behaved woman, though not so elegant as her daughter. Your sister need not have any scruple even of visiting her , which, to say the truth, has been a little the case, and very naturally; for we only knew that Mrs. Jennings was the widow of a man who had got all his money in a low way; and Fanny and Mrs. Ferrars were both strongly prepossessed that neither she nor her daughters were such kind of women as Fanny would like to associate with. But now I can carry her a most satisfactory account of both."These people are always about what they can gain, never what they can give--unless it is to wound Elinor. :-/
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