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|The narrator's voice - again
Written by JoAnn
(4/27/2012 4:04 p.m.)
While I feel like the narrator's voice has been very personal through this entire book, it gets especially so here at the end.
In chapter 29, we're given insight into the relationship between an author and her characters:
"A heroine returning, at the close of her career, to her native village, in all the triumph of recovered reputation, and all the dignity of a countess, with a long train of noble relations in their several phaetons, and three waiting–maids in a travelling chaise and four, behind her, is an event on which the pen of the contriver may well delight to dwell; it gives credit to every conclusion, and the author must share in the glory she so liberally bestows. But my affair is widely different; I bring back my heroine to her home in solitude and disgrace; and no sweet elation of spirits can lead me into minuteness."
And then, in the next paragraph:
And then, of course, there's her very direct address to the reader in the final chapter:
I hate for our evening reading by the fireside to be ending soon! Maybe we can invite her to come read us some of her other works sometime soon? ;-)
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