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Written by Heather Leigh
(9/11/2009 11:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The estimation of a sportsman..., penned by MarianneR
So Sir John wouldn't respect a man who DIDN'T enjoy shooting birds, but he wouldn't want a male tenant who DID shoot birds, because another sportsman with access to his fields would reduce the number of birds available to him (Sir John).
I think Austen's being ironic about the shallowness of a man who makes enthusiasm for shooting birds his prime criteria for judging other men. Not that she criticizes shooting - it often goes along with a good heart and generous nature - but she seems to use it to signify bluntness, coarseness, lack of interest in more rational and elegant pursuits. (Thinking of Charles Musgrove here.)
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