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Written by Frances G
(4/12/2012 10:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An awful engagement and an even worse proposal, penned by Nicki
I hope that's OK in a group read.
One of the things I've been observing this time through NA is how much it foreshadows the rest of JA's work. Your example about Nancy Steele in S&S is one I hadn't picked up. Here are a few that I did.
I can't help but compare Mrs. Allen to Lady Bertram in NA. Both are insipid and utterly hopeless at providing any guidance to a malleable teenage mind. (Someone else below commented that Mrs. Allen could also be like the chaperone with Eliza in S&S who didn't watch her charge well enough with horrible consequences.)
I can't provide specifics yet (no spoilers), but Austen is also planting a number of clues as the story unfolds that are probably only obvious to most readers on the 2nd read through, a la Emma.
And not so much foreshadowing, but contrast -- e.g., the parties meeting in the Octagon Room like Persuasion.
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