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|A very good point, but I am not totally convinced. Parents
Written by AnnetteJ
(4/29/2010 6:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, stock characters vs realistic characters, penned by Heather Leigh
do not come off too well in Jane Austen's books, particularly fathers, therefore I think it lets everyone off the hook too easily to write him off as a standard stock character. What is Miss Austen's axe that she has to grind in so many of her works? I can buy the comic stock character father in "Emma" because he is basically harmless (his advice about rich foods and cold weather may be somewhat manipulative, but it is not mean or spitefull). Mr. B is just mean at times, but we have allowed him to get away with it because it is said with wit, and so many pity him for marrying the wrong woman, who rarely is given any slack.
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