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|Lightness, brightness and sparkle
Written by Nancy Ann
(4/25/2010 11:27 a.m.)
It might be my general mood this time around or the effects of Spring or who knows what else, but most of all I am just loving the tone of countless lines like this one: "their indifference towards Jane...restored Elizabeth to all the enjoyment of her original dislike." I love it!---"the enjoyment of her original dislike"! It is certainly fun to hate, dislike and disapprove of others sometimes---JA well knows it and both supplies the objects for this form of recreation plus teases about doing it! I must be in a mood to laugh more than to condole or sigh this time around with P+P. I love re-reading JA's own words about P+P this morning: "Upon the whole... I am well satisfied enough. The work is rather too light, and bright, and sparkling; it wants [i.e. needs] shade; it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long chapter of sense, if it could be had; if not, of solemn specious nonsense...that would form a contrast and bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and general epigrammatism of the general style". Thank you, moderators, for taking the trouble for this GR!
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