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|Calibrating Mrs Jennings
Written by Tom P2
(10/20/2006 3:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Being a member of the Mrs. jenning's Protection League ;), penned by Reeba
The distinction between kind-heartedness and politeness turned up in chapter 32:
[Elinor] was sometimes worried down by officious condolence to rate good-breeding as more indispensable to comfort than good-nature.
...where the good-breeding was Lady Middleton's cold indifference. At the same time, we got a clue about how Mrs Jennings' kindness could sometimes keep her silent: she (and Sir John, and Mrs Palmer) took care not to distress the highly injured party (Marianne), but were very willing to vent in Elinor's presence.
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