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    uniform cheerfulness of manner

    Hi,
    I am not sure about the meaning of:
    "uniform cheerfulness of manner"
    and
    "suspicions of the impertinent"

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    fom: Proud and Prejudice
    It was generally evident whenever they met, that he _did_ admire her and to _her_ it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference which she had begun to entertain for him from the first, and was in a way to be very much in love; but she considered with pleasure that it was not likely to be discovered by the world in general, since Jane united, with great strength of feeling, a composure of temper and a uniform cheerfulness of manner which would guard her from the suspicions of the impertinent.
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    Many tanks,
    Mircea

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    Re: uniform cheerfulness of manner

    Quote Originally Posted by mhmircea View Post
    Hi,
    I am not sure about the meaning of:
    "uniform cheerfulness of manner"
    and
    "suspicions of the impertinent"

    ...
    Jane was always cheerful.

    'The suspicions of the impertinent' would be rumours like 'that Jane Bennet - I reckon she fancies Mr Bingley' (although they probably wouldn't have used the same vocabulary!)

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    Re: uniform cheerfulness of manner

    It have to be a difference between
    cheerfulness
    and
    uniform cheerfulness of manner

    this is what I don't know an understand.

    Thanks for any explanation.
    Mircea


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    Re: uniform cheerfulness of manner

    "uniform cheerfulness of manner" means she was always good-tempered and pleasant, whatever happens.

    Here, uniform is: adjective not varying in form or character; the same in all cases and at all times

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    Re: uniform cheerfulness of manner

    Quote Originally Posted by mhmircea View Post
    It have to be a difference between
    cheerfulness
    and
    uniform cheerfulness of manner

    this is what I don't know an understand.

    Thanks for any explanation.
    Mircea
    Uniform is as explained by Anglika. The point of using 'uniform cheerfulness of manner' rather than just 'cheerfulness' is that Jane made a show, in social contexts, of cheerfulness - even when she didn't feel cheerful. (I won't spoil the plot, but you'll find out later in the book why this is important - both to her and to Lizzy.)

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    Re: uniform cheerfulness of manner

    Thanks very much.
    I am trying to be as close as I can with the mining of every word, I am trying to translate in my language an also to keep trace about link between any piece of original expression and my translation.
    Thanks again,
    Mircea

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