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Written by Ramya
(9/25/2010 12:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Theatricals, penned by Bridget D
I think the Austens were very literary-minded as a group. One of their avenues of expression was through their family theatricals. I do believe their cousin Eliza de Feuillide flirted with two of Austen brothers, James and Henry at the same time during this period. Years later, she eventually married Henry.
The play at MP, on the other hand, was a vehicle for self-gratification and exhibitionism right from inception. Tom usurps his father's authority, and acts as if he has already become head of the household. Mr. Yates wants to show of his acting abilities. Henry, Maria and Julia, of course, want to use the play as an excuse to flirt. Mr. Rushworth is vain about the number of costumes he has to wear, and so forth. The worst offenders in this scenario, IMO, are Tom, Maria and Henry Crawford. All three are pursuing something they know to be clearly wrong.
Oh, and I don't think Austen need to have been going through a serious phase to write MP anymore than I credit her romance with what-his-name for writing P&P. ;-)
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