Posted by sherry on August 13, 1997 at 12:49:44:
In reply to Re: Methinks he doth protest too much posted by kathleen (elder) on August 13, 1997 at 11:07:31
. Do not beat me
] ] By this does she mean----- Mark my words or something to that effect? It's odd sounding.
] I believe she is saying that he has obviously spent a lot of time thinking about Jane Fairfax, and that he may be falling in love without realizing it. He protests too much to be indifferent, is Mrs Weston's reasoning.
Yes but I was asking about the "do not beat me" remark.
It could mean what I said above or it could mean something like we use today "beats me". As if Mrs. Weston's idea could be just as valid as not. Which do you think?