Posted by MB on January 02, 1998 at 13:38:20:
In response to Henry and the Gothic, written by Cassia on January 02, 1998 at 13:24:12
] ] ...or an Eleanor, for that matter. The General comes across as such a money-grubbing, spendthrift, drinking, gambling, curmudgeon, that we're surprised that he has such a nice son like Henry(see Linda Taylor discussion below). (snip)
] Of course, the most obvious answer is Henry and Eleanor are more like their mother in personality than their father. Or they grew more quiet and caution in response to his noise. Most likely it was both of these factors taken together. (snip)
These seem the most plausible to me, as well. Like Catherine, in this case I choose to be "guided only by what was simple and probable" (NA, p. 53). As much as I want to be Elizabeth Bennet, I sometimes find other characters seeping in!
And remeber that the General's eldest son is much like him, which may lead credence to Cassia's arguments.
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