Contrasts and silly elderly women
Posted by Constanza on July 03, 1998 at 12:16:11:
I've been thinking about Emma and Elizabeth. Isn't it wonderful the way JA manages to convey the contrast between the two of them, that is the result of their upbringing? It has nothing to do with intelligent or goodness or wit (I dare say that in that respect both sisters are equal) but with manners and sang-froid (sp?) and I don't know what. One senses Emma is more ladylike, and yet that impression is derived from the whole character and not from a single trait (unless, perhaps, discresion).
Regarding Emma's aunt, do I fancy it or the Captain is younger than the lady in question? I don't know of any other reason for making so much a point of elderley women behaving like fools. What do you think?
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