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|Catherine and the Allens and even Henry
Written by Mary Fran
(4/2/2003 11:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Mrs Allen, anyone?, penned by Cheryl
] She is incredibly vague until it comes to fashion and then she is a font of knowledge. Can you imagine Catherine's impatience to be in Bath and have to wait three or four days before doing anything but shopping?
I doubt this bother Catherine too much, as I am certain that she was so excited to be IN Bath and seeing the crowds and crushes and shops that the fact that they didn't immediately go to the theater or the Upper Rooms was probably not too difficult to bear for her. She didn't, after all, know what she was missing yet.
] And her incessant refrain the first few days out of "I wish I had a large acquaintance here..." How frustrating that first dance must have been for our heroine to not be able to dance with - or even talk to - anyone because Mrs. Allen didn't know, or neglected to introduce herself to the Master of Ceremonies. I do think that Mr. Allen must share some blame here, for he disappeared immediately into the card room without seeing that his party were established or introduced.
I know that Mrs. Allen grated on my nerves for those pages, and one could tell by JA's polite prodding that Catherine was annoyed, but had no outlet for it. I thought also that Mr. Allen was to blame for this. That makes me feel more justified in wonderins what sort of man would marry such an empty-headed thing and, with another female guest under his protection think only of his own enjoyment at her first ball? Another Mr. Bennet, perhaps? (But I know that doesn't belong here. I'll shut up.)
] Do you have any favorite Mrs. Allen bits?
YES! How her opinion on our wonderful Henry was decided because of his knowlege of muslins and his agreement that Catherine's gown was likely to fray.
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