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Written by Deborah Y
(11/3/2005 1:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, That all depends on..., penned by Reeba
What's JA's conception of evil, do you think? I haven't really thought this through, but I bet you could make a case that, for her, such vices as selfishness, lack of consideration for others, and the snobbish pursuit of rank and wealth at the expense of true human connection are precisely what constitutes evil. Many of the really nasty characters in her fiction -- e.g., Sir Walter & Elizabeth, the Eltons, Mary Crawford, Mrs. Norris -- are guilty of these kinds of sins, rather than of the more sensational Mysteries-of-Udolpho-type crimes.
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