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|GR: Creeps as fools
Written by Laraine
(9/11/2003 2:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: John's insensitivity, penned by Barbara
There are several people in S&S who are foolish, which seems to encourage us to shrug and smile at their behavior more than let it infuriate us. John tops the list, but there is definite cruelty in the games Sir John and Mrs. Jennings get up to in teading Elinor about the wittiest letter in the alphabet, etc. And Mr. Palmer is frequently a real goop to his wife and her relatives. The latter folks I mention do not have the fault of been really, really miserly that JD has, but then he wouldn't do some of the creepy things they do.
I wonder with these characters if we're being encouraged to take the good with the bad, or if the bad of some of them is supposed to negate the good? John is such a creep to both Elinor and Marianne.
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