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|One reason for [Jane Austen] writing
Written by Stephanie
(8/22/2011 10:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 71: A joke that rubs me the wrong way, penned by Line
It seems to be a recurring joke with Jane Austen that some young men come to bad ends, or narrowly escape them, since a letter (not covered in this Group Read) to Edward Austen kids him to his rhetorical face about the same sorts of things.
Certainly an idea that tickles one's funny bone can pop up now and then about something out of character for the jester, but for the same type of humour to recur years apart probably means that it is an engrained way of seeing humour in situations. (I would suppose: I am not any kind of expert. Recommended dosage of salt: one grain.)
Can you imagine any of Author Austen's female characters telling a similar joke?
|Author Austen's 1816 letter to Edward Austen|
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