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Written by Barbara
(10/3/2009 10:56 p.m.)
I think this is one of the funniest expressions that Jane Austen uses. Although I understand what she means, I can't quite arrive at a definition that suits me for what was meant by a 'puppy' in that time.
We read that Elinor noticed Robert Ferrars's "impertinent examination of their features, and...the puppyism of his manner in deciding on all the different horrors of the different toothpick-cases presented to his inspection"
Mr. Knightly thinks Frank Churchill is a puppy:
Yet Mrs. Elton thinks he is not
It sounds like it's a man who is conceited, self-important, and thinks he's better than everyone?
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