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|GR: Mrs Jennings's last laugh,
Written by Rebecca Mog
(8/17/2003 8:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: The Mrs Jennings Appreciation Society, penned by Catherine Mary
(albeit an unconsciously ironic one), proves her to be, in one instance at least, worthy of an Appreciation Society. We see how she is presented in Ch. 8: 'She was remarkably quick in the discovery of attachments, and had enjoyed the advantage of raising the blushes and the vanity of many a young lady by insinuations of her power over such a young man; and this kind of discernment enabled her soon after her arrival at Barton decisively to pronounce that Colonel Brandon was very much in love with Marianne Dashwood.' &c., with JA continuing to point up her earnest silliness in the following sentences.
However, in Ch. 10, Mrs Jennings unknowingingly finds an ally in Elinor. The latter, as we know, isn't given to rose-scented flights of love-sick fancy, nor occupy herself with match-making. So, this is, I think, telling: 'Elinor was obliged, though unwillingly, to believe that the sentiments which Mrs. Jennings had assigned him for her own satisfaction, were now actually excited by her sister'. For once in her life, Mrs Jennings has got it right! (-;
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