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|John Dashwood, caricature of cluelessness...
Written by Chandra S
(10/15/2012 10:12 a.m.)
I am enjoying the scene in Mr. Gray's shop (ch. 33) where John Dashwood expresses his satisfaction on seeing his sisters again, and most sincerely desires to be acquainted with Mrs. Jennings and the Middletons. I love how delighted he is that the Middletons are attentive to the Dashwoods' comfort:
"But so it ought to be; they are people of large fortune, they are related to you..."
JA never ceases to astonish me in her knack for writing characters. J. Dashwood is so completely realistic and so completely clueless - I readily believe that he believes the Middletons are truly obligated to see to the Dashwood ladies' comfort while simultaneously believing that he, himself, has done all that was right and all that he possibly could have done.
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