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|I love the opening sentence of Persuasion
Written by Luc
(9/23/2005 7:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What would Jane have revised?, penned by Mary Ellen
I suppose if the person who reads this paragraph is not familiar with JA, then s/he might well see little in it. But for us who are more acquainted with JA's style, we could see that JA was laying a solid foundation for another highly comical character.
I also think it's an excellent idea to start with Sir Walter's character. We learn that Sir Walter is vain, snobbish, and quite an airhead. His hopelessness in managing his income and expense is what set the wheel in motion, as it leads him into debt. And because he's snobbish, he cannot bear to live on a budget so undignified as the one proposed by Lady Russel. That forces him to lease Kellynch Hall. And so the story starts.
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