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Written by Diba
(7/1/2013 9:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Do you see wit in anything Captain W says?, penned by Margaret C
Nikki is right, Austen talks about his wit. But she doesn't show it. Now I'm not sure why this is so. Could it be- as you suggest- he is not so brilliant around someone as ordinary as Louisa Musgrove? (I am thinking of Sherlock Holmes and his conductor of light quote). Also from chapter 10, when they are walking to Winthrop-
"She occupied her mind as much as possible in such-like musings and quotations; but it was not possible, that when within reach of Captain Wentworth's conversation with either of the Miss Musgroves, she should not try to hear it; yet she caught little very remarkable. It was mere lively chat, such as any young persons, on an intimate footing, might fall into."
On the other things- The 'momentary expression', the 'contemptuous glance' tell us nothing. The hazelnut metaphor is very laboured and somehow, I don't see this scene (the nut part) actually happening- much like the 'by you I was humbled' scene in P&P.
Charles Musgrove makes a better show of wit in the same instance
Yes he does!
Captain Wentworth seems remarkably grave and plain-speaking, and apart from his sardonic smirk (which is not exactly endearing) I see very little of the brilliant wit that attracted Anne to him, rather more of the resentment he carried through the eight and a half years since.
Yes. I agree completely. I have always thought the sardonic smirk unattractive.
So really- what's up with FW?!
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