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Written by Lia
(9/30/2005 1:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Narrator as a friend, penned by Mary Ellen
IMO, JA as narrator is very reliable, I take what she says as truth if it is from the omniscient point of view. But JA also moves from omniscient to a more personal POV; in Persuasion, that of Anne or occasionally FW. When you are in a more personal POV you are subject to that individual's limitations--s/he does not know what others are thinking, and (ahem) he may not even be aware of the truth of his own thoughts and feelings!
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