The General's vulgarity and Henry's subtlety
Posted by MB on January 13, 1998 at 11:41:03:
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?
Yes, that master of subtlety, General Tilney! I've always assumed this interpretation as well. As to Henry's reaction, in the video it was portrayed as embarrassment mixed with anger (at his father), which worked quite well. No matter what Henry's feelings were at that point, the General should not have been so vulgar as to broadly hint at his mercenary wishes in front of Catherine. Fortunately, she is still oblivious to his real meaning! As far as Henry's knowledge at this point, I'll have to go back and read that chapter again.
] 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?
I think it's a combination, and yet another example of Henry's great intelligence and humor. I think that he is being sarcastic about Isabella AND hinting at his intentions toward Catherine. And Eleanor, I'm sure, understands his full meaning.
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