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|I never read novels;
Written by Reeba
(4/6/2006 10:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Defense of the Novel, penned by Pennie
Wise words from John Thorpe ;-)
I wonder why JA gave these dialogues to him. It makes me think that perhaps it is the attitude of the *readers* she is sarcastic about.
We know what a rattle he is, and when such people start exploiting the 'not reading of novels' to further their 'superiority' then such an attitude of hypocrisy has to be criticized.
I also think she is being sarcastic about those *authors* who tend to further this attitude, by showing their characters who are such.
I agree with you;
My conclusion is that she's being sarcastic both about the *authors* and the *readers*.
We have to see what else JA has to say about novels and the reading of them in further chapters.
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