Principles and appearances again?
Posted by Constanza on June 05, 1998 at 14:51:53:
In response to I've thought of Mrs. Norris differently..., written by Lisa S. on June 05, 1998 at 11:32:21
Perhaps Mrs Norris is intended to convey another version of the relationship between principles and appearances. In this case she knew what the rules were (ie. she had principles against with to measure her conduct) but she was too great an egotist to take the trouble to be a really good person, so she sort of got stuck in midway, attaining an appearance of goodness without being actually so.
So we would have characters that knew the principles: Edmund, Fanny, Sir Thomas (is that the right name?), Mrs Norris; characters that followed the principles: Edmund, Fanny and Sir Thomas; characters that did not know what the principles were: Maria, Mary, Henry; and characters that were too lazy to follow principles: Mrs. Norris.
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