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|GR ch 7 - the Middleton family
Written by LaurieC
(8/11/2003 9:59 a.m.)
JA is particularly to the point on the "narrow compass" of Sir John and Lady Middleton: "Sir John was a sportsman, Lady Middleton was a mother." And then "Lady Middleton had the advantage of being able to spoil her children all year round, while Sir John's independent employments were in existence only half the time." I can picture Sir John roaming the land during the off-season "hunting" for social activities! I wonder how he handled any lengthy stretches of inactivity. By the number of apologies and excuses he gives to the Dashwoods for failing to assemble a large party to greet them, I wonder if he enjoys fussing over such things?
I had a question over the paragraph which ends "though he esteems only those of his sex who are sportsman likewise, is not often desirous of encouraging their taste by admitting them to a residence within his own manor." Does this mean he likes being the alpha-sportsman (for lack of better term) in the neighborhood and so avoids having another sportsman in close competition?
And a LOL line: "Colonel Brandon, the friend of Sir John, seemed no more adapted by resemblance of manner to be his friend, than Lady Middleton was to be his wife, or Mrs. Jennings to be Lady Middleton's mother." JA tells us so much with so few words! I can just picture this household, though it takes only a few brief paragraphs to describe them.
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