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|He's a villain
Written by Barb JA
(10/5/2009 10:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Should we feel sorry for John Dashwood?, penned by Reeba
We know that he at least lived with them for some years as Marianne told us.
I agree that a good wife might have improved him. But he is pretty bad himself. Almost everything that comes out of his mouth while talking to Elinor in the London chapters is offensive.
I won't quote whole chapters to you though, but here are some highlights, or lowlights...
Ch. 33 When Elinor runs into John in Gray's shop, and they talk of Mrs Jennings and the Middletons as excellent neighbors.
"I am extremely glad to hear it, upon my word; extremely glad indeed. But so it ought to be; they are people of large fortune, they are related to you, and every civility, and accommodation that can serve to make your situation pleasant, might be reasonably expected....
The nerve of him to say such a thing. Is he not a nearer relation, who actually made a promise to help them?
He give her hints to "fix" Colonel Brandon, and hints of prior attachments that are impossible.
Someone mentioned about the 200 pounds given to Fanny by her mother like pocket change, as evidence of how she favored Fanny over Edward. But John's bringing it up to Elinor is in poor taste I think because it is more than her a third of her family's yearly income. And more than the yearly income that the girls would have had from the most generous gift he had considered giving them- if he had actually done it.
Now here is a sly insinuation from Elinor that is completely lost on him
Then he has the gall to suggest that Mrs. Jennings should leave her money when she dies to Elinor and Marianne.
I'll quit here because this is getting long. This was only from Ch. 33.
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