Conscious or unconscious?
Posted by Carolyn B on January 13, 1998 at 23:05:21:
In response to Well, you know...what we were talking about, written by Margie on January 13, 1998 at 11:10:53
] ] 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.
As I read it, I thought that yes, Henry was referring to Isabella and Eleanor was referring to Catherine, but when Eleanor spoke she was also continuing a conversation she and Henry had had before in appreciation of Catherine, and she was reminding him of it. No proof in the text, of course, and that (possibly non-existent) conversation may not have discussed C. in terms of matrimony!
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