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(Young learners) Write a paragraph about a short moment in your past. Use the past tense and include detail.
My sister went missing yesterday at the park. We got ice cream. I paid for the ice cream. I turned around and she was gone. I got in so much trouble, my mom took my tablet away. On our way home, my mom and I found her by the swings.
Subject: English as a Second Language
What tense is the following sentence? The dog is sitting on the porch.
Discuss how women's relationships display their priorities in Pride and Prejudice.
Austen utilizes relationships between women characters to critique various potential mindsets and to show the would-be priorities of characters throughout the novel and held by women in the 19th century. In conversations with Elizabeth, Charlotte exposes the ins and outs of Elizabeth and Darcy’s interactions and why Elizabeth would not believe Darcy is interested despite his behavior. Charlotte is perceptive because she has an acute knowledge about courtship and human behavior, perhaps having observed it before to ensure her future success. Charlotte says that Darcy is acting oddly and coming over so often because he “must be in love with you, or he would never have called on us in this familiar way” (125). It is important to see Charlotte’s clear, external opinion on the matter versus Elizabeth’s boggled uncertainty, because it shows the characters’ attitudes: Elizabeth is confused, disbelieving and in denial when Charlotte presents her with the simple fact of his “familiar way” of visiting the Collins’ house. She is too prejudiced against Darcy and too afraid to rashly love (categorizing her with her mother and sisters, who Elizabeth and her father disdain) to think of the situation as his interest in her, which we can only be aware of through contrast with Charlotte’s uninvolved, third-party perceptiveness. Through Charlotte and Elizabeth’s relationship, we come to understand Elizabeth’s reluctance to think Darcy loves her because of her understanding of his pride, and her own consideration for her appearance.
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