why does miss t smile during this tragedy?
Posted by greg on September 27, 1997 at 00:57:35:
when brocklehurst orders the hair to be cut from the first class(ch.7), "miss temple passed her handkerchief over her lips, as if to smooth away the involuntary smile that curled them...". WHY IS SHE SMILING??? is this a reflection of some archaic esoterica that i'm not aware of? can it be that she thinks it's funny that he wants to look at "the reverse of these living medals" - that he doesn't realize how outrageous this appears, so ironic in the circumstance? if so, it really seems that her sense of humor is out of place(or worse yet, bronte's) given the cruelty of the situation? he'd already ordered julia severn's hair to be cut off completely! what say you?
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