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|Elinor's Observation of Mr. Palmer
Written by BarbaraB
(9/20/2009 12:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ignoring the Dashwoods, penned by Barbara
I was going to start a new post on this but I think this is good place to put it. I am continuing to be impressed with Elinor's observation of people. If I remember my past postings on this correctly, this would be the third example of her ability to get beneath the surface to the core of a person. (Lucy would be a fourth) This is what she discerns of Mr. Palmer:
"Elinor was not inclined, after a little observation, to give him credit for being so genuinely and unaffectedly ill-natured or ill-bred as he wished to appear. ...It was rather a wish of distinction she believed, which produced his contemptuous treatment of everybody, and his general abuse of everything before him. It was the desire of appearing superior to other people. The motive was too common to be wondered at; but the means, however they might succeed by establishing his superiority in ill-breeding, were not likely to attach any one to him except his wife."
If JA's practice of not wasting words or information holds true, then we should be expecting to see another side of Mr. Palmer.
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