Posted by Margie on August 20, 1997 at 20:53:20:
In reply to "Prepare for your sister-in-law..." posted by Janette on August 20, 1997 at 20:13:20
I tried to post to this thread a bit ago, and it never showed up. Hope the first post doesn't appear somewhere
totally out of context!
This is really interesting and fun! I never realized that there was another way to read the passage than the way I was reading it. It never occurred to me that Henry might deliberately be describing Catherine. I always thought he was being sarcastic about Isabella, and listing attributes that she did not have. Eleanor recognizes that his sarcastic description of Isabella actually describes Catherine. Eleanor's remark then serves to point out to Henry that he actually has described Catherine, as well as telling him that Eleanor would like to have Catherine as a sister-in-law. That's my take, anyway, but I am perfectly ready to say that the other interpretations also fit.
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