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|The Dedication of "Emma"
Written by Jane Marie
(3/18/2011 5:54 a.m.)
I did some research and found that many in the Kingdom were embarrassed by the behavior of the Prince Regent. The future George IV publicly shunned his wife, took on many mistresses who were sometimes commoners, and was alleged to have committed bigamy in a secret unofficial marriage. Even George III was disappointed in the Prince's behavior.
I used to think Jane Austen wrote the book, and then dedicated the story to the Prince Regent. With so many characters mirroring a small part of the Prince Regent's behavior, I am now thinking that "Emma" was written directly for the Prince Regent. Jane Austen appeared careful not to offend, but much of the message appeared directed at the Prince.
How much of the Prince is in "Emma"?
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