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|What a couple!
Written by Carol J.
(9/27/2009 5:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Palmer marriage, penned by Heather Leigh
I actually liked Charlotte a little at first. Unlike many of the other women in this story, she seems genuinely happy and genuinely friendly. Her chatty ways do get a little annoying, but I think she does have a good heart.
Mr. Palmer--oh, my! I found myself thinking he was so extreme in his behavior as to be almost cartoonish. It would be funny if only it wasn't so rude--bordering on abusive.
The only time he seemed the least bit interested in what was going on around him was when Marianne entered the room during the Palmers' first visit to the Dashwood home: "Mr. Palmer looked up on her entering the room, stared at her some minutes, and then returned to his newspaper." OK, I found that creepy.
And I came upon a question: Why were the Palmers at Barton Park in the first place? In chapter 20, Charlotte says, "It was quite a sudden thing our coming at all, and I knew nothing of it till the carriage was coming to the door, and then Mr. Palmer asked me if I would go with him to Barton." So, it was Mr. Palmer's idea to visit his in-laws? Yet, he behaved as if he was put out about being there. What was his purpose for the visit?
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