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Written by Felicity S
(8/24/2011 3:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The letters--some thoughts (Longish), penned by BarbaraB
I think you raise a really good point. I remember reading Caroline Austen's remarks about her aunt's life and feeling so envious. Wouldn't we all like to have been a relation of Jane Austen's and to be sitting on an inheritance of her amazing letters. But I suppose we view her through the lens of time and in a very different light.
During this group read I am really studying these letters and underlining funny/significant moments with a pencil (the student in me will never die!). Her Victorian relations would not have done so because they knew her and there was no value in them. To us they are gold - the more so because there are so many missing.
I wonder how readers feel about the fact that she's writing for a different 'audience' - that is not for the masses, though I know letters were passed around for families to read. Did she feel there was value in what she was writing and would she have been as fastidious writing a letter as when writing a novel?
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