And then there's Mrs. Jennings. Um, yeah, I'd probably run away and hide from her if I met her in real life. Or I would have, in my teens. I might handle her better now that I'm an old married woman of forty. I mean, Mrs. Dashwood seems pretty chill around her, and she's forty. Anyway, as a book character, Mrs. Jennings makes me laugh because she's quite absurd and funny.
You know what I'm not amused by, though? Marianne's constant harping on how old Colonel Brandon is, and how insistent she is that nobody who's older than about twenty can ever be passionately in love. Like, I get that she's seventeen, and she's a big fan of emotions and being guided by emotions and feeling emotions to the utmost... but wow, she's way harsh here. Though I might be a little extra offended by her because Col. Brandon is possibly my favorite character in the book. Definitely ties with Elinor, and maybe surpasses her. We'll see how I feel by the end of this read-through.
Randomly, reading chapter seven inspired me to have a picnic with my kids at lunchtime today. I didn't have any cold ham or chicken, so we had to make do with pizza, but hey. Go with what you've got!
1. Why do you think Lady Middleton is so different in temperament and behavior from her mother, Mrs. Jennings?
2. The Middleton children, and John and Fanny's son, are all described pretty unflatteringly so far. In fact, I'd probably call all of them brats. What might Austen be saying about child-rearing in "good society" by this portrayal?