Well, you know...what we were talking about
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Posted by Margie on January 13, 1998 at 11:10:53:
In response to An interpretation needed (long), written by Linda on January 12, 1998 at 16:48:44
] Unless I misunderstood, the General is broadly hinting here of a match between C and H. Since she is the only one who does not understand, then H must. But how does he feel about his father's machinations? Does H know that C has no fortune? Is he in love with her now?
I've never been able to sort out what Henry's feelings are at this point. He must know by now that dad expects him to marry C. I don't see any sign that he is resisting his father's intentions. (He might be feeling happy that his father isn't pushing someone like Caroline Bingley on him.)
But I have no feeling for whether or not he's in love with her. I never thought about whether he knows that Catherine has no fortune. I bet Eleanor knows by this point, because C. is so artless. I imagine that whenever C. talked about home she said something revealing.
] Later, after the letter announcing the broken engagement, in his description, is Henry saying that he plans to ask for Catherine's hand? or just being very sarcastic?
My interpretation of that scene has always been that H. was just being sarcastic about Isabella. At least, I think that on a conscious level that is all that is going on with him. I think Eleanor sees that his sarcastic description of Is., is a true description of C. Then I thinks E. uses it as an opportunity to point out that C. has those virtues, and to say that she would like to have C. as a sister-in-law.
There was some other discussion of this point a few months ago, and other people thought that H. was consciously describing C., but I should let them present their own opinions.
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