More on the idea of putting down those who like to read
Written by Barbara
(4/16/2010 10:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth the bluestocking?, penned by Line
This is from S&S, Ch. 36:
Though nothing could be more polite than Lady Middleton's behaviour to Elinor and Marianne, she did not really like them at all. Because they neither flattered herself nor her children, she could not believe them good-natured; and because they were fond of reading, she fancied them satirical: perhaps without exactly knowing what it was to be satirical; but that did not signify. It was censure in common use, and easily given.
Here, again, is the idea that there is something socially incorrect about being fond of reading. Lady Middleton is not fond of reading herself, and seems to think that it's not quite right for any young woman to admit to enjoying it.