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Written by Elena
(4/7/2003 1:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Will he be in the middle of it without really knowing?, penned by Ann2
] ] I made a note after this passage wondering if this is when Henry begins to fall in love with Catherine. JA seems to be signaling such a thing, and there is no doubt that Henry enjoys Catherine's company. But does he enjoy her or having an audience for his wit and instruction?
As the walk (along with supposed talk with Eleanor) was after the theatre episode, I mean to bring my fellow-boarders' attention to Catherine's and Henry's dialogue there. Henry: "I angry! I could have no right." Catherine: "Nobody would have thought you had no right who saw your face." Then he smiles and sits and talks about the play - but isn't it the very moment when Henry acknowledged to himself that he really had a reason for disappointment that they failed to meet? Or, as JA puts much better than any words of mine can, "Is there a Henry in the world who could be insensible to such a declaration?"
] Soon after that they agree upon the country walk. Which actually takes place in chap 14 where my second note is.
Yes, isn't it sweet, Eleanor is so anxious to see Henry in Catherine's good graces (I almost wrote, "sells" Henry to her), explaining that he would never "say an unjust thing of any woman at all, or an unkind one of me."
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