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Written by Cheryl
(10/3/2011 9:57 p.m.)
"she felt her approach to the years of danger" (ch. 1)
That's quite a vivid phrase, isn't it? My book has a note about being 27 yrs old, and how prevalent it is in Austen's work.
-In S&S, Marianne laments that "a woman of seven and twenty can never hope to feel or inspire affection again."
-In P&P, Charlotte Lucas is "about twenty-seven" when she accepts Mr. Collins.
-Jane Austen herself was "about twenty-seven" when she accepted and rejected Mr. Bigg-Withers.
I wonder what it is about that age that resonated with Austen? Was a woman permanently a spinster once she hit 30? So the years around it are "the years of danger?" The last chance to be married and be settled?
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