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Written by Frances G
(4/17/2012 11:13 p.m.)
I posted earlier that I've been struck my how many things in Northanger Abbey foreshadow elements of future Jane Austen novels. The one that caught my eye in this week's reading was from Chapter 16:
“With you, it is not, How is such a one likely to be influenced, What is the inducement most likely to act upon such a person’s feelings, age, situation, and probable habits of life considered — but, How should I be influenced, What would be my inducement in acting so and so?”
I couldn't read it without thinking of this from Pride & Prejudice Ch 51:
Their [Lydia & Wickham's] arrival was dreaded by the elder Miss Bennets, and Jane more especially, who gave Lydia the feelings which would have attended herself, had she been the culprit, and was wretched in the thought of what her sister must endure.
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