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|Shooting the messenger
Written by Colin P
(4/22/2003 9:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Genral is a Wimp!, penned by BarbaraB
] I remembered that the General had booted Catherine out which is bad enough but I had forgotten that he didn't do it himself. I couldn't believe that he sent Eleanor to do his duty for him. Poor Eleanor, I really felt for her having to do something that she thought was so dreadful.
She distinguishes, however, between the message itself and the act of delivering it. The general certainly overruled her in deciding to send Catherine away, but I doubt he needed to force Eleanor to be the one to deliver the bad news. Eleanor feels partly responsible even though she is not, and knows that Catherine is intimidated by her father, so I'm sure even if he was going to give the dismissal in person, she would have offered to be the messanger. Let's face it, Catherine barely holds her composure when Eleanor breaks the news to her gently, so she isn't going to like the General yelling at her. Much as the reader would like to confront the General, I don't think Catherine is the one to do it :-)
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