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Re: Gentlemen of Gloucestershire: Chapter 3

September 19, 2021 07:07PM
"Realistic but hard to read" is exactly what I was aiming for (well, not necessarily the hard to read part, even if it is). Families are complicated things, and Austen is never shy about showing how difficult they can be to live with. But she also firmly shows how important those ties are, in spite of the hardships. She usually in some way shows the characters come to some sort of reconciliation at the end, even if it's uneven (think Darcy and Lady Catherine, or Mrs. Ferrars and Edward/Elinor).

Part of this story stemmed out of the unsettled nature of the Tilney family at the end of Northanger Abbey: the general tells his son to "be a full if he likes," giving his consent, but little else. Captain Tilney doesn't even show back up after Bath, even in a postscript. Eleanor is married but far away. Unlike the Darcys, who could just shrug away whatever relatives they don't wish to keep in company with if they chose, the Tilneys are a little more dependent: Henry's father, after all, is his benefactor as a clergyman as well, and they're not far enough away to ignore him forever.

So how, exactly, does this family move forward after Henry and Catherine marry? Unfortunately, things have to get a little worse before they get better, and Captain Tilney is not helping things at all. But there is more to come for everyone: more chapters drop tomorrow!

Thanks so much for your comments, I appreciate hearing how the story is resonating with each person.
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