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|Too old for him?
Written by Margaret C
(7/15/2013 2:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Tom Bertram so indifferent..., penned by Mandy N
Maybe his eagerness to assert "I see what you are at. You are quizzing me and Miss Anderson." is a gentle hint to Mary that he is not serious, and she is not the type of girl that attracts him anyway - he likes the "Lydia" type, young and high spirited rather than elegant or intellectual. Possibly because girls nearer his own age find him tediously immature, for all his daddy's money.
And there might be a sense of pearls before swine, too. As Edmund points out later, having survived the 'temptation' of the Miss Owens, "Good–humoured, unaffected girls will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women."
I do like the idea of a more serious Tom settling down with the intrepid, unsentimental and not overly mature Susan. It is a nice fit.
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