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|And Sir Walter's inconsistency
Written by Tuija
(3/5/2013 12:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree, penned by Karen Marie
Sir Walter is usually very critical of people's looks. He complains about the coarse looks of sailors in the beginning of the book, and in Bath he complains about there being so many very plain women on the streets; he says won't visit Lady Russell in the morning because he thinks she won't like to be seen in full daylight... He's always ready to find fault.
Anne's thought on the plainness and awkwardness of her cousin is not so much to put the poor cousin down, it's pointing out the contrast in Sir Walter's attitudes and behaviour. "She would never have been tolerated in Camden Place but for her birth": her rank is the only reason why Sir Walter does not seem to even mention her looks, though he usually criticizes freely just about anyone's looks, from oldest and dearest friends and family members to those he does not even know.
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