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Written by Cheryl
(4/3/2003 5:02 p.m.)
Henry just bursts onto the scene in Ch. 3 and takes over, doesn't he? His is such a forceful and engaging personality, and so "very nearly handsome" to boot, that we are as bemused and charmed as Catherine is.
I love his imitation of a jaded Bath Veteran. He goes into this whole parody within the parody thing that is very funny.
Then forming his features into a set smile, and affectedly softening his voice, he added, with a simpering air, "Have you been long in Bath, madam?"
The muslin scene with Mrs. Allen also gives Henry a chance to exhibit. I vacillate between thinking that he is being polite and good company, engaging in conversation with Mrs. Allen on a subject which he knows is near and dear to her heart (something easily discerned upon introduction) or if he is making fun of her, having a laugh at her expense. I tend to think it is a bit of both.
Whatever it is, Henry certainly makes an impression upon Catherine and us. ;-)
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