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|GR: John's respectability
Written by joe m
(9/12/2003 1:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - John D, penned by Lisa Dalrymple
Let's not forget that the reader is in on a secret that is unknown to the general populace. (Indeed, the only living people in the story aware of it are John and Fanny.) He would be widely censured had his doing nothing to fulfill the deathbed promise to provide for his sisters and step mother been circulated.
This vital piece of information gives the reader a perspective on John's words and actions that the characters simply don't have. Even the Dashwood ladies are unaware of the promise. Their lack of affection for John would turn to unadulterated loathing had they known.
To the rest of the world, he's a rich man, married to a fashionable and respectable family, who doesn't drool on himself when talking. (-; He's always deferential to people of rank or fortune. This is all that's required for respectability in Regency society.
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