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Written by BarbaraB
(9/30/2010 1:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Locked gate and the starling, penned by Barb JA
*There is significant meaning in the use of language: Julia saying that staying within her group (w/ Mrs. Rushworth in particular) was a 'penance'; Julia refusing to 'punish' herself for her sister's 'sins'.
*Maria crossing the ha-ha/ditch is a transgression for she is doing something that would be seen as forbidden.
*The wanderings in the wilderness made me think of the forty days/forty nights and the Israelites and their years of wandering but several sources that I have since looked at say it alludes more specifically to Eden with its serpentine paths and temptations.
*The improvement discussions have a lot to do with politics. I think I might have gone into it a bit during the P&P GR in the discussion of nature/art, can't remember for sure, but there is a lot of meaning there. Sorry, it's not something I can get into at this time but thought I'd mention it.
*A couple of things that I'd like to mention are used to foreshadow so I will have to refrain at this point. I will try to remember to come back and point them out.
Hope this is, at least a little helpful, when considering the Sotherton trip.
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