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  1. Oct 2020
    1. He died in my arms

      Is it just me, or is the latter half of the novel substantially more somber that the former? The deaths of Lady Verinder, Ezra Jennings, and Godfrey Ablewhite are each pretty substantia blows, and feel as though they bring the novel into a much more serious tone.

    2. he Guardian; The Tatler; Richardson’s Pamela; Mackenzie’s Man of Feeling; Roscoe’s Lorenzo de Medici; and Robertson’s Charles the Fifth–all classical works; all (of course) immeasurably superior to anything produced in later times; and all (from my present point of view) possessing the one great merit of enchaining nobody’s interest, and exciting nobody’s brain

      Given that Jennings is someone who we are supposed to feel empathy for and the high regard Collins seems to have for him, it seems we are supposed to take his criticisms as owning some special validity. It feels weird, that in a novel where every-other character has some defect of character, or satirical persona, we would get a character like Jennings who is drawn in such a way as to be beyond reproach (maybe not to the characters there-in, but to the reader.) It gives me the feeling that Collins is injecting himself into Jennings. That this is as much Collins opinion as it is Jennings.

    3. So, after vanquishing Betteredge and Mr. Bruff, Ezra Jennings vanquished Mrs. Merridew herself. There is a great deal of undeveloped liberal feeling in the world, after all!

      I Jennings supposed to be some paragon of rationality, and open mindedness? He feels a little like a Mary Stu.

    4. She looked at my ugly wrinkled face, with a bright gratitude so new to me in my experience of my fellow-creatures, that I was at a loss how to answer her.

      I can't help feeling that Jennings's inclusion in the plot feels incongruous to the rest of the book. Why would a character with such a heavy backstory, and strong characterization as a total outcast, just short of Frankenstien, all of a sudden appear in the last fifth of the book?

    5. Ezra Jennings

      Interesting that he refers to Ezra by his full name (as opposed to the pretty servant). Even though he doesn't know anything about the person but the way he looks, Franklin appears to admire him. On the other hand, perhaps so as to subdue his admiration/jealousy for him, he pities Ezra for "being unpopular everywhere," implicitly preening himself for being so well-known.

  2. Jul 2018
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    1. which seems to grow keener and keener, as the time comes nearer and nearer when I shall endure and feel no more? How useless to ask these questions! Mr. Blake has given me a new interest in life. Let that be enough, without seeking to know what the new interest is.

      Ezra Jennings expressed his yearning for human sympathy and his admiration for Mr.Franklin here. It appeared to me that nearly every character of the novel had some reason to adore Mr.Franklin. The peculiarity of Jennings is that he had long been plagued by distrust and dwelt in solitude. This and the impending death painted his affection towards Franklin rather melancholy, since this affection was intertwined with his crave for youth, riches, health, etc., all of which he had never, and probably would never have, an opportunity, to possess.