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review 2018-12-02 12:24
Hot Flushes and Palpitations: "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen


(Original Review, 1981-02-25)



I think it's evident, once one steps back from an emotional response to the novel, that it would have benefited from some editing and expanding by Austen, had she lived.

I can see the flaws in it. It seems disjointed and overly episodic, and I think the excursion to Lyme is a bit forced into the narrative although I believe it’s essential to the novel. The trip to Lyme is essential: the flirtation between Wentworth and Louisa comes to a crash, he can see Anne's steadiness, and we can see her lack of romantic desperation—her grit in the teeth, not of poverty (bad enough), but of loneliness—… and it's all by the sea, place of both voyage and anchorage.

 

 

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review 2018-12-02 11:54
D'Arcy is a Toad: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen



(Original Review, 1981-02-20)



If Jane Austen had never become a novelist, what would have happened? What would have happened to the British? Have Jane Austen's works become an antidote to a harshness in the world? Are they a key to disarming totalitarian societies? To making the world decide to be happier and freer? People read Jane Austen's novels to be entertained, after all.

 

 

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review 2018-12-02 10:44
Juxtaposing of Characters: "Agnes Grey" by Anne Brontë
Agnes Grey - Anne Brontë



(Original Review, 1981-02-06)



I read "Agnes Grey" after a visit to the Mosteiros dos Jerónimos, supposing I ought to try the lesser known sister after reading so much of Charlotte's work and of course “Wuthering Heights.” What a wonderful surprise. Anne had me at "...she would rather live in a cottage with Richard Grey than in a palace with any other man in the world."

 

 

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review 2018-12-02 10:29
Plinky Plonky: "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë



(Original Review, 1981-02-04)


“The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” has received a lot of scholarly attention more recently, it has various depths beyond the exploration of domestic violence. She was partly not appreciated because her sister openly and strongly disagreed with the subject matter of the novel and prevented republication after Anne's death which left the novel behind somewhat.

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-02 10:14
The Saintly St. John Rivers:"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë



(Original Review, 1981-01-31)



Ever since my first reading of Jane Eyre I've always viewed it as an account of the indelible effects of emotional abuse, and as such, a very grim book indeed. The novel opens with a recall of the emotional deprivation the 8-year-old Jane receives daily at the hands of her aunt. The story then continues with Jane's time at Lowood School, an institution devoted not so much to teaching the children of paupers, as to teaching them their place in life.

 

 

 

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