將軍太太在《小多里特》一書中告訴艾米,社會不是減輕自己負擔的地方嗎?


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在BBC迷你劇《小多里特》中,將軍夫人告訴艾米有關她和其他英國遊客在歐洲大陸訪問的地點的正確見解。艾米問為什麼她不應該只對這些事情給出誠實的看法。將軍夫人驚訝地做出了反應,並告訴艾米,社會不是減輕自己負擔的地方。

無論如何,這就是我的記憶方式。但是我現在在書中找不到那個場景。我說的對嗎?書在哪裡?或者,如果沒有,那本書將這種觀點歸功於將軍夫人,社會對話的目的僅僅是重複流行的觀點嗎?

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Could this be the fragment you are thinking of? It is in Book The Second: Riches, chapter 5: Something Right Somewhere.

‘Mr Dorrit,’ returned Mrs General, ‘I have conversed with Amy several times since we have been residing here, on the general subject of the formation of a demeanour. She has expressed herself to me as wondering exceedingly at Venice. I have mentioned to her that it is better not to wonder. I have pointed out to her that the celebrated Mr Eustace, the classical tourist, did not think much of it; and that he compared the Rialto, greatly to its disadvantage, with Westminster and Blackfriars Bridges. I need not add, after what you have said, that I have not yet found my arguments successful. You do me the honour to ask me what to advise. It always appears to me (if this should prove to be a baseless assumption, I shall be pardoned), that Mr Dorrit has been accustomed to exercise influence over the minds of others.’

Mrs. General doesn't actually tell Amy in this scene that society is not the place for unburdening oneself (although it wouldn't have been out of place), but it does mention that it is better not to wonder about Venice all that much.