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|The advantages of being pretty and ignorant
Written by Karon
(6/2/2013 10:46 p.m.)
"The advantages of natural folly in a beautiful girl have been already set forth by the capital pen of a sister author; and to her treatment of the subject I will only add, in justice to men, that though to the larger and more trifling part of the sex, imbecility in females is a great enhancement of their personal charms, there is a portion of them too reasonable and too well informed themselves to desire anything more in woman than ignorance. "
The part that I have put in bold puzzles me because it seems to be saying the same thing twice - In the first part she seems to be saying that many men like "foolish" females then she seems to say that the rest are too intelligent to want a girl to be anything more than "ignorant". Is JA suggesting there is a difference between "imbecility" and "ignorance"? To me it's the same thing. I would love to hear some thoughts on this.
Also these quotes are interesting to me as well:
"She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance. A misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well–informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can."
"But Catherine did not know her own advantages — did not know that a good–looking girl, with an affectionate heart and a very ignorant mind, cannot fail of attracting a clever young man, unless circumstances are particularly untoward."
I usually assume that JA is being facetious here, but at the same time I can't help but think that there is some truth in what she says as well. If a person feels that they are teaching an eager and adoring student, it is quite possible for an attraction between them to grow. What do you think?
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