Posted by Andrea Jutson on February 14, 1998 at 20:46:59:
In response to Confused, written by Lesley on February 13, 1998 at 01:50:25
Lady Dalrymple says that Captain Wentworth "has more air that one often sees in Bath. Irish, I dare say." Why did she assume that he was Irish. Because of his colouring? I thought the Brtish in general thought the Irish had much less air than themselves.
This is because her husband was Irish, I think. (She possibly is, too.)
I'll quote you from Persuasion:
"Sir Walter had once been in company with the late Viscount, but had never seen any of the rest of the family, and the difficulties of the case arose from there having been a suspension of all intercourse by letters of ceremony, ever since the death of that said late Viscount, when, in consequence of a dangerous illness of Sir Walter's at the same time, there had been an unlucky omission at Kellynch. No letter of condolence had been sent to Ireland." (Chapter Four, Vol. Two)
Hope this answers your question!
- P.S.- Probably just snobbishness!:-) (nfm) Andrea Jutson 20:48:49 2/14/98 (0)
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