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Written by Taylor Anne
(4/4/2003 5:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Henry Tilney, hubba hubba, penned by Cheryl
I also like how JA can poke fun at the meaningless social chatter of the time through Henry. She takes what should be just a typical "getting to know you" chat and turns it into something special.
] The muslin scene with Mrs. Allen also gives Henry a chance to exhibit.
I just love Mrs. Allen. She's so clueless! :)
]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.
I think it is both. I don't think, if left to himself, he would choose to talk about muslin, but I don't think he is the kind of person who would seek to get in good with Catherine's chaperone. I think he is a genuinely nice person who wants to amuse both Catherine and Mrs. Allen. But I also think his sense of humor is so irrepressible that he can't help indulging in a little laugh. It's done in the kindest possible way of course...
] Whatever it is, Henry certainly makes an impression upon Catherine and us. ;-)
I love Henry. I think it is his sense of humor that makes such a good impression. Whether he is "nearly" handsome or drop dead gorgeous matters little because he makes us laugh. Looks fade, but a good sense of humor lasts forever! :)
I didn't have anything particularly earth shattering to say, but I've been looking for a chance to jump in. Talking about Henry is usually reason enough for me! :)
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