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Written by jeffrey
(10/25/2010 4:51 p.m.)
This was my 3rd Pemberley group read and by far and away the most informative and revealing of them all. The depth, length, and symbolism that Miss Austen weaves into this enormously intricate work speaks volumes for how she handled such a complex plot with brilliance. (And how you astute Pemberleans drew the hidden symbolism out and into the open)
On this 3rd read, for me, Fanny just soars to the heights as a heroine and savior-figure, especially for Sir Thomas.
Edmund has settled near the bottom as one of my least favorite J.A. heroes. His own failure to give Mary up early on, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, and her bewitching spell notwithstanding, has left me somewhat disappointed in him. (ducking down behind the nearest potted plant and defensively covering up)
Mary and Henry remain sadly enigmatic to me, especially Mary. Such potential there in both of them, spoiled by their self-serving attitudes.
I'm always touched by the display of devotion and love demonstrated by the Price siblings: Fanny, William and Susan, among the Bertrams and Crawfords. None of that returned void, especially with Sir Thomas.
A fascinating multi-layered read, rich and deep. I'll visit it again in the future.
Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and love for all things Miss Austen.
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