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|As regards Isabella and her taste. . .
Written by Mary Fran
(4/2/2003 11:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Speaking of Isabella,, penned by Dorrie
I was going to try to snip, but better just respond to the whole thing. I would say 1) yes, Isabella is being melodramatic and trying to get Catherine's attention by alluding to clergymen. 2) As I see it, she is spending her time trying to get any man to pay attention to her, and it has simply particularly worked on James. 3) We have to remember that in this time period, a woman needed to get a husband to gain social stature and money. [my focus on this read has been money and its implications on everyone's lives]. James is likely enough to make a decent, if not too comfortable, living as a clergyman, so if Isabella could get his good will, this would be wonderful for her. In her mind, that's good enough without reference to romance or love. As was said in another post, she was in her own mind the heroine of her own novel, and so she may have imagined up the romance in order to make what looks to the reader at this point her "happy ending." As for her good taste, I think she just flirted with him at the first opportunity (as with many other men, perhaps) and simply managed to catch his attention. She deserves no credit, IMNSHO.
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