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|Heart of Gold
Written by Robbin
(10/6/2009 9:46 a.m.)
"Wait for his having a living! -- aye, we all know how that will end; -- they will wait a twelvemonth, and finding no good comes of it, will set down upon a curacy of fifty pounds a-year, with the interest of his two thousand pounds, and what little matter Mr. Steele and Mr. Pratt can give her. -- Then they will have a child every year! and Lord help 'em! how poor they will be! -- I must see what I can give them towards furnishing their house. Two maids and two men indeed! -- as I talked of t'other day. -- No, no, they must get a stout girl of all works. -- Betty's sister would never do for them now ." (Ch. 38)
Mrs. Jennings’ matchmaking has always had an upside for her in all the jokes she would have at her disposal but despite the unhappiness it brought them she was extremely kind and generous in bringing the Miss Dashwoods to town and her treatment of them has always been kind and liberal. It was a bit amusing to see Mrs. Jennings trying to relieve Marianne’s broken heart with olives and wine but she had only the best intentions. She proves her value as a kind and generous friend once more after Lucy and Edward’s engagement is exposed and he is disinherited and cast out. She looks about for servants for them and defends Edward to John in Ch. 37. In Ch. 38 she even plans giving them furniture for their new home. Mrs. Jennings is cast in a vulgar light but really I think she is one of the kindest of JA characters. (:D)
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