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|I always wonder . . .
Written by Mary Anne
(10/1/2012 3:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Palmer is the limit!, penned by Ramya
. . . how much Mr. Palmer would be affected by having a different wife. We're told early on that if John Dashwood had married an amiable woman, he would have become more amiable, but since he married selfish, mercentary Fanny---well, enough said. Mr. Palmer has, I think, somewhat more natural backbone than John Dashwood, but if he'd married a sensible woman perhaps he would not have had to take refuge in sarcasm; his remarks might have become genuine wit. The Palmers are hilarious, but for me there's always the rather wistful echo of Mr. Bennet from P&P when he tells Elizabeth not to let him have the unhappiness of seeing her unable to respect her partner in life.
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