Mr. Beebe's reaction
Posted by MB on February 27, 1998 at 10:49:32:
In response to Pretending, etc., written by Laraine on February 26, 1998 at 17:17:53
] I agree, certainly, but I think that jilting someone for someone else was a really big deal in this society. Mr. Beebe turns away with complete coldness when he learns that the Lucy broke the engagement because she loved someone else instead of loving no one.
But I'm not so sure that Mr. Beebe is disappointed for this reason. As a clergyman, he may have to affect a show of scandalous concern, but remember that Mr. Beebe is no ordinary clergyman! ;-) I think that he was disappointed because he saw Lucy as some great heroine, as a source of platonic interest and study. When she turns out to be "ordinary" by falling in love with George, he is disappointed. He would have preferred I'm sure that she broke off her engagment to Cecil for more lofty, aesthetic reasons, I'm sure.
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