Posted by gkb on December 31, 1997 at 16:25:41:
In response to Tilney's interest in muslins, written by Linda Taylor on December 31, 1997 at 11:52:20
I tend to think this ability on Henry's part bodes very well for him as a clergyman to be. He is able to engage a lady on a topic that she knows well, he can wring private amusement out of such a trifling bit of matter as the price of cloth, and he can display his own intelligence to anyone with the wit to see that he is playing a social game with great spirit and perfect courtesy. Rather than making him look shallow, I think it makes him look complex--like Emma's idea of Frank Churchill being able to converse with everyone on the topic they know best, making them shine--or like Mr. Bennett encouraging Mr. Collins to display the folly of his nature just by lettting him talk.
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