Penelope, Elizabeth etc.
Posted by Kate on June 25, 1998 at 09:32:41:
In response to Penelope and Purvis, written by Constanza on June 25, 1998 at 08:31:48
] she has her good qualities, but she has no faith, no honour, no scruples, if she can promote her own advantage.
] I would like to know what Penelope's good qualities are. There are no much room left for them, with that description. A truly disagreeable character, I dare say.
Maybe she's pretty? She certainly seems very determined to find a rich husband.
] As regards the young man of the name of Purvis (BTW, does is sound as funny in English as it does in Spanish?) I have the following question:
] 1) if he was in the verge of a proposal, as Elizabeth believes he was, how come he so suddenly change his mind on the sole basis of Penelope's misinformation?
] 2) it seems it didn't take long to recover from his misfortunes, doesn't it? He married immediately after resigning Elizabeth.
] 3) I was wondering if Elizabeth was not making the whole affair anew and idealizing it - sort of unconsciously twisting her memories. The image of Purvis would then become a shield against Tom Musgrave's behaviour; it would provide her with something nice to remember; and it would allow her to dream of what could have been.
You may have this right - it may be Elizabeth the "old maid" (horrible phrase) looking back on her one brush with romance in very ideal terms. On the other hand, maybe Penelope is really evil and said something REALLY awful about Elizabeth to Purvis that turned him off completely.
I do think it's a little odd that Elizabeth and Emma have this very personal conversation very soon after Emma has got home - it seems as though they hardly know each other, and yet Elizabeth is shelling out all the dirt on her sisters and the local young men - the young men I can understand, as she needs to warn Emma off, but you see what I mean.
- sisterly bonds Susan Bennett 23:15:28 6/25/98 (0)
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