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Written by Nikki N
(9/19/2013 2:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, It could just be, penned by Lynn
But the film made it clear that General Tilney was rich and landed gentry. I think the purpose in the film was to reduce the status of the Morlands from comfortably off to poor, and also to reduce the status of Catherine's sponsor in society from landed gentry to trade. The film could give the impression that Gen T was at first misled into thinking that the poor Morlands were rich, and then undeceived by being informed of their real circumstances, and never gave his consent to the marriage. But in the book, Gen T was misled twice by John Thorpe -- at first into thinking Catherine was richer, and then into thinking that she was poorer, than she really was. If he had known of her real circumstances, he would not have encouraged Henry's courtship, but he would not have almost turned her out of his house either. He would have found an excuse to terminate her visit with some "decent civility" (chap 28). As it was, when he had "that right understanding of Mr Morland's circumstances", he gave his consent. I think there's a tendency in the film adaptations to make JA's heroines poorer and/or of lower status or downtrodden than they are in canon e.g. P&P3, S&S2, S&S3, and in a way even in Persuasion adaptation, when they show Anne to be dowdy, although the book describes her more than once as elegant.
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