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|GR: Mrs. Jennings re-evaluated
Written by Art
(8/29/2003 1:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - book on tape, penned by Lisa Dalrymple
] I enjoy Mrs. Jennings' telling the Dashwood girls that if they come to London together they can laugh at her odd ways behind her back! She's so funny, I really like her. She may be a bit annoying, but I think she is quite aware of the impression she makes on people. She just doesn't care - she will be herself whether they like her or not.
Up until this point in the story, I had seen Mrs. Jennings as vulgar, impudent, and (agreeing with Mr. Palmer) ill-bred. This statement of hers is the first time in the story that I begin to see her in a positive light. Anyone who can laugh at herself can't be all bad.
And as the trip to London progresses, I see her acting more and more in a likeable way:
"Mrs. Jennings on her side treated them both with all possible kindness, was solicitous on every occasion for their ease and enjoyment"
"The Miss Dashwoods had no greater reason to be dissatisfied with Mrs. Jennings's style of living and set of acquaintances than with her behaviour to themselves, which was invariably kind."
I wonder if it's just the company at Barton that encourages her to be so aggravating, and when she's out of their company, she behaves better?
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