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Written by MiriB
(8/11/2003 6:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: more 'first things', penned by Rebecca Mog
] However, JA doesn't define the nature of this respectability, nor whether the Dashwoods are deserving of their acquaintances' good opinion - or conversely, whether the 'general good opinion' of the neighbours is worth having.
The general good opinion is probably based more on the superficial than on the personal quality of the respected. I suppose if they had the proper ancestry, conducted themselves according to the acceptable manners of society and avoided scandals they would be considered "respectable". I do not think treating the impoverished sisters and mother ungenerously, hurt that respectability especially since Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters moved away from the neighborhood and the neighbors did not witness to the mean treatment they got.
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