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|GR: The Talented Mr. Tilney
Written by J. Dillehay
(4/23/2003 8:51 a.m.)
I am relatively new to JA, my first read being (I think) about 4 months ago. I have now read P&P twice and NA twice, and all the others except MP, which I am working on at present. I must say that although I have not had much time yet to completely examine the personality of Edmund Bertram, Henry Tilney seems to be unique from all JA's other heroes. He is very humerous, and I believe I enjoy his conversation more than any other of the heroes, even Knightley and Darcy. It makes one wish that he had more speaking lines in the book.
His situation perhaps is unique in that he is a more experieced man of the world dealing with a naive young lady (the most immature of JA's heroines so far.) Captain Wentworth had an equal in Anne Elliot, Darcy an equal in Lizzy (albeit both had their faults), Edward Ferrars I found a somewhat boring character in the book at least, and Mr. Knightley was perhaps the oldest and wisest of all the heroes, but his heroine didn't look on him with such awe as Catherine does to Henry. What do you all think is Henry's major fault? Maybe that he can't be serious at times? I always thought his attitude about his brother and Isabella a bit lacking in care, even though it might be said to have worked out well in the end. I think someone else mentioned that he was a bit of a show-off. How about it?
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