Also parodying the typical hero?
Posted by Carolyn B on December 31, 1997 at 18:33:38:
In response to Fabricated conversation, written by gkb on December 31, 1997 at 16:25:41
] 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.
Yes, plus it also contrasts him with John Thorpe who is so busy talking about things that are of no interest to his listeners. And I think JA sets Tilney against the average Romantic hero who should be spouting poetry and brooding. (Can you imagine Willoughby sensibly discussing the cost of muslin? If he did, Marianne would probably have lost interest!)
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