I bet he had a moustache
Posted by lise on January 03, 1998 at 09:32:30:
In response to How could Gen. Tilney beget a Henry???, written by Greg on January 02, 1998 at 11:55:08
] ...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). Or are we? I think I see a big softy behind that rough exterior of the General's. I'm inclined to think of his reticence regarding his wife's memory is because he loved her so much that he's at risk of becoming a blubbering blob if the subject comes up - I think it's there in the book/movie, especially when one sees it as an ironic twist on the scary fiend of the gothic novel.
I think the General is the prototype of the military man: authoritative, dominant, with a superficially charming manner to strangers (and a moustache, they all have it).
As for his having a nice son like Henry, well, if he had a son just like himself, it would be a continuous war.
[maybe I am biased ;)]
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