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Written by Mary Ellen
(6/25/2006 11:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Villains of L&F, penned by Robbin
In many of our discussions about JA's other works I've felt that the characters divide up into at least two groups, and probably more. The two groups that I'm thinking of are 1. Reasonably Sensible People and 2. Narcistic Boobs.
She never makes the characters just one or the other. Each Reasonably Sensible Person makes some mistakes. Each Narcistic Boob does a good deed, or has a sensible moment.
In L&F, this difference between the characters is more pronounced; I was even thinking that it was absolute. But I can see your point that all the characters, despite their overly dramatic characters, still have something quite human about them. You can hear their voices.
It's too bad that Jane never wrote one of her major novels from the point of view of a villain. I think she would have been quite good at it. She manages to give us a clear idea of a person's character from what they talk about and what they do. She never has to tell us that they look dark and forbidding, or that they act in an ominous manner.
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