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Written by MandyN
(5/1/2006 2:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, NA-most relevant of JA's novels today. (conclusion of focus), penned by Reeba
I've been wondering what their part in the story is- apart from giving John a sister to drive when Isabella sensed a proposal was imminent.
Anne and Maria appear as examples of girls following popular culture mindlessly. John and Isabella ignore their younger sisters. To try and get attention with family, they imitate Isabella's fashion idea and mannerisms.
I don't know if JA used the Thorpes to point out to parents the dangers of spoiling one child or favouriting one girl at the expense of other sisters.
* After the knock at the door and entry of Henry to effect Catherine's cure, instead of taking the essay on Homespun values back upstairs, perhaps she should've mailed it to Mrs Thorpe c/o
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