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Written by Cheryl
(4/23/2003 4:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: One knows not what to think, penned by Ann2
] Must they not also have been wondering what made the general so eager, why he urges Henry to court Catherine? As you say, they knew from experience he was very particular. If Henry knows his own heart by now, why does he not let Catherine know? I suppose he might be afraid to declare himself, afraid to believe in his good fortune?
Yes, I'm sure they are reflecting on why the General is so very solicitous of Catherine. Henry has sussed out that his father believes Catherine to be rich.
Why does Henry not declare himself? I think he knows that once his father finds out Catherine's true financial status, that he will not approve the marriage. Perhaps Henry is not ready for that confrontation, wishes to steal more time with Catherine before then?
So then, is he, like Frederick, afraid to face his father? Though of course, when push comes to shove, he does it. But it's an interesting question. When would Henry have proposed if his hand had not been forced by the General's bad behavior?
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