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Written by Tom P2
(9/25/2009 5:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I'd prefer Lady Middleton's ways..., penned by Reeba
I don't pity Sir John over her gentle reprimands, because a fair proportion of them may not even be well-applied (like the one for not listening to the music, promptly followed by Lady Middleton proving that she hadn't been listening either), and because he's quite capable of being oblivious to a more fierce reprimand (Marianne's one about expressions like "setting one's cap at someone").
The humour is all the better for the unceremonious way the narrator lays Lady Middleton's foibles bare - in contrast to her own strong preference for keeping up appearances!
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