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Written by AnnetteJ
(2/23/2011 8:20 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I'll bet my old hat that the Hawkins' would not be so rich, penned by Nina RG
in the wider world. Unlike many of the people here, I have not read much about Jane Austen other than one biography and a book or two of literary criticism over the past 20 years or so. If I thought about it at all, I assumed she had no interest in the events or politics of the day, but after re-reading the sections in question, and the opinions of the posters, I have to agree that even if Ms Hawkin's family did not engage in the slave trade, they could be seen as having been tainted by association.
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