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|GR: Now, Linden...
Written by Cheryl
(4/20/2003 6:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: What ideas should we admit?, penned by Linden
] -- That line: `every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies': we don't have a picture of perfect harmony here, do we? And, in 1798, the neighbourhood was full of voluntary spies as a result of the reaction to the French Revolutionary wars.
You see omens and portents of the French Revolution in everything, you know that you do! ;-)
I take "a neighborhood of voluntary spies" to mean that in any small town or village there are no secrets. Everybody knows everybody else's business - you cannot help it, living in close society and seeing the same people all the time.
And even if one doesn't see one's neighbors very often, there are the servants. With all the servants around Northanger Abbey (and there are many, Catherine notes) nothing the family does really goes unnoticed or undiscussed
] -- At the heart of Catherine's imaginings, there is a family secret that Henry does not want to acknowledge: his father is, in fact, a villain.
Indeed. But there are villains and there are villains ;-) Much as I dislike General Tilney and find him to be mercenary and domineering and even cruel, that is still a far step from being a murderer.
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