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Written by James S.
(10/19/2005 4:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Paucity of dialogue, penned by Joan Ellen
I like the absence of dialog. Most novels between 1700 and 1810 are ALL dialog, and it is to JA's everlasting credit that she moved the novel in a better direction. Chit chat is for drama. There is a good essay on this topic in Gore Vidal's essay collection, "Homage to Daniel Shays," under the title of "Notes on the Novel." According to Vidal, the modern preference for dialog is really a desire for drama, i.e. TV and film.
These lovely chapters (ch. 19-20)would be less effective, IMO, if we had more chit chat.
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