An interpretation needed (long)
Posted by Linda on January 12, 1998 at 16:48:44:
The elegance of the breakfast set forced itself on Catherine's notice when they were seated at the table; and, luckily, it had been the General's choice. He was enchanted by her approbation of his taste, confessed it to be neat and simple, thought it right to encourage the manufacture of his country; and for his part, to his uncritical palate, the tea was as well flavoured from the clay of Staffordshire, as from that of Dresden or Seve. But this was quite an old set purchased two years ago. The manufacture was much improved since that time; he had seen some beautiful specimens what last in town, and had he not been perfectly without vanity of that kind, might have been tempted to order a new set. He trusted, however, that an opportunity might ere long occur of selecting one-though not for himself. Catherine was probably the only of of the party who did not understand him.
"That is the most unpromising circumstance, the strongest presumption agaianst him. When I think of his past declarations, I give him up.-Moreover, I have too good an opinion of Miss Thorpe's prudence, to suppose that she would part with one gentleman before the other was secured. It is all over with Frederick indeed! He is a deceased man-defunct in understanding. Prepare for your sister-in-law, Eleanor, and such a sister-in-law as you must delight in!-Open, candid, artless, guileless, with affections strong but simple, forming no pretensions and knowing no disguise."
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