A Reading of Jane Austen by Barbara Hardy

By Barbara Hardy

A examining of Jane Austen (first released by way of Peter Owen in 1975) has tested itself with critics and readers as an excellent contribution to the transforming into literature in this writer, jam-packed with clean and stimulating perceptions. significant to the note is Bar

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Smith, who, by stating his marriage with a woman of character, as 5 Stuart Tave (op. , p. 96) insists that we see Sense and Sensibility as Elinor's story, but even if we accept the subordination of Marianne as a necessary part of the novel's scope and shape, it has some disadvantages. 48 A Reading of Jane Austen the source of her clemency, gave him reason for believing that had he behaved with honour towards Marianne, he might at once have been happy and rich. That his repentance of misconduct, which thus brought its own punishment, was sincere, need not be doubted;—nor that he long thought of Colonel Brandon with envy, and of Marianne with regret.

Affectations of love go together with other affectations - in art, education, and social intercourse. Since the world she presents is so much a woman's world, it is tempting to see the analysis of feeling as centred in sexual feeling, and to set all the corruptions of the heart in the context of her lovestories, as permutations of the central theme of marriage. Although we can know a society by its myths of love, we can only appreciate Jane Austen's opposition to the values of her society if we look hard at the apparent balance of cause and effect.

After she occupies a whole first sentence, the narrator quickly moves to share the responsibility with her characters. Mr Bennet speaks for all the irony of the admission, and his wife represents all its facevalue: 27 28 Southam, Critical Heritage, p. 213. , p. 216. 36 A Reading of Jane Austen 'A single man of large fortune. . ' 'How so? ' 'My dear Mr. Bennet,' replied his wife» 'how can you be so tiresome! ' The first sentence of Mansfield Park is even quieter: About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.

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