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Written by Elizabeth K
(1/25/2010 9:45 a.m.)
"Ought I to be very much pleased with 'Marmion'? As yet I am not. James reads it aloud in the evening" - I always enjoy the references to the books JA has been reading (or in this case, listening to) and her remarks on them. Here, it seems that she is asking Cassandra, in a very tongue-in-cheek and typically wry way, whether Sir Walter Scott's Marmion (published 1808) is a poem which was 'in fashion' and about which everybody was talking.
I also like the reference to James reading it aloud; as I am sure many of you know, reading novels and poems aloud to the assembled family was a popular entertainment in the Austen family and I love the fact that JA includes similar scenes in the novels, such as S&S, where poor Edward does not impress Marianne with his "spiritless" reading of Cowper!
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