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|Well, now that you mention it...
Written by Rae
(4/7/2003 8:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Enter General Tilney, penned by Cheryl
] ...whilst dancing with Henry... obviously interested in her and what she is doing with his son.
I was very favourably impressed (older man thing, I think!)
] ..it was the General's doing - he was preparing to walk out, did not care to have it put off, and so denied Eleanor to Catherine... Does this foreshadow an impatient personality? Or just a man set in his ways?
Hmm, I rather thought that maybe it was not true; that Eleanor had been annoyed by Catherine and this was Henry putting a gloss on it for Catherine.
] Also at the theatre, she sees John Thorpe talking to the General and both of them looking her way. Hmmm.... that does not auger well, I fear...
I saw this as John Thorpe imposing himself and his choice of subject on a distinguished older man, trying to impress...
] In ch. 13 he is all civility, inviting her into the drawing room, trying to get her to stay for dinner, procuring her attendance at a later date, admiring the elasticity of her walk... Very kind and gentlemanly, if a bit much. I mean, it does seem like overkill, doesn't it?
I thought he was enjoying himself flattering a rather innocent young lady - a version of the way Henry teases people...
As you can see, so far I have a bit of a crush on the General and have found positive explanations for all these things. I am obviously as naive in these matters as Catherine, without even her knowledge of Gothic novels to protect me!!!
Thanks so much, Cheryl, for prompting me to join the GR in a post on Persuasion recently. I think I just did not 'get' NA when I read it as a teenager, and had never gone back to it. I am loving it, and the whole GR experience.
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