"Somewhere in between" or a third choice
Posted by MB on January 02, 1998 at 10:38:12:
In response to Tilney's interest in muslins, written by Linda Taylor on December 31, 1997 at 11:52:20
] My question: Does Tilney's interest in women's clothing make him appear more shallow after the reader has been exposed to Mrs. Allen's inability to display an interest in anthing but clothes? I almost feel as if JA is setting Tilney up - do we find him a vain peacock or sensitive soft goods purchaser? Or somewhere in between?
Henry's a cross-dresser; didn't you know?
Just kidding (obviously)! >;-)
Actually, I always took it as :
a) an indication that Henry is truly interested in other people (almost an "Elizabethan" studier of character!).
b) an indication that Henry is charming and can make himself agreeable almost anywhere and can converse on a variety of topics with ease and wit
c) an indication that Henry is often a mouthpiece for JA and her views (both serious and satirical)
But, then again, I adore Henry, so I would always attribute his behavior to the most complimentary motives!
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