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Written by James S.
(9/30/2005 11:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charles, his children, the times, and JA's language, penned by Kalyn
I've always felt Bingley was the hero of PP. He good naturedly admits to the pretense of a "library never used," and in mixed company! If only CW had some of that self-effacing humor with Anne -- it always wins the ladies.
Also agree with you on child rearing. In Owen Feltham's seventeenth-century character book (if I'm not mistaken), a child is described as an Adult with the small letter a. Charming. But not to the kiddies. And for another take on child rearing, there is George Orwell's essay "Such, Such were the Joys." But I've strayed off topic.
Several days ago, I picked up "What Jane Austen ate ..." Quite good, but got the feeling he should have done a book on Regency England first, than the middle Victorian period, than the somewhat more liberated 1890's, third (customs so different from decade to decade).
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