He is worst than Darcy
Posted by Constanza on July 03, 1998 at 12:35:42:
In response to Lord Ozzy, written by gkb on July 02, 1998 at 14:15:17
] I make him out to be a hasty sketch of a Mr. Darcy--arrogant, shy, sure of himself, speaking to Emma half as if she were the kitchenmaid to be seduced and half as My Lord to Gentry--until Emma puts him in his place by a quiet, sensible remark.
He actually treats as if she were a little nobody, or worst, just a horse he is about to buy. Darcy, at worst, but indifferent, but Lord Osborne is an unsufferable upper-handed (hope is the right term ;-)) man, just imagine his sending one of his friends to evaluate Emma and see if she is worth his time! aghh! And that idiot of Tom Musgrave, acting as if his business in life was to provide his lordship with agreeable female companionship, you know like a "cafisho" (sp?), it gets on my nerves! (and by the way, they are a little unset right now, on account of tomorrow's WC game ;-))
I recently read the autobiographical account given by Mrs. Robinson (mistress to the Prince) of how upper class men tried to draw her into liasons with them, and it gave me a great deal of insight into the behavior of Henry Crawford and Lord Osbourne--men who were accustomed to have whatever they wanted of life--palate consulted, horses, hall, dog and females all to their liking. They could verbally tease and torment a woman endlessly under the guise of polite society--but if the woman reacted in any way except calm politeness--showed anger or any emotion at all, really--it was taken as a sign that the woman was interested, roused, desirous.
Wow! And they were called gentlemen!
- High-handedness and the Upper classes gkb 14:36:27 7/03/98 (0)
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