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Written by Cheryl
(4/13/2003 3:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Onward to the Abbey!, penned by Tara O'Donnell
] The General does admit to enjoying his garden but seems more pleased when Catherine mentions that Mr. Allen doesn't bother with his garden or hot house. He certainly likes to show off his estate as a reflection of his wealth but what it says about his character is not very complimentary.
This is a great example of what Darcy calls the "indirect boast" isn't it? Remember how he says of Bingley's denigration of his handwriting that it is "The indirect boast; -- for you are really proud of your defects in writing, because you consider them as proceeding from a rapidity of thought and carelessness of execution, which if not estimable, you think at least highly interesting."
In the same way, the General is making light of his home, his gardens, the food, etc, comparing it to what Catherine must be used to at the Allen's and then waiting for her denial and compliments. He is always please when his possessions outstrip Mr. Allens.
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