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|This passage surprises me a bit by its harshness.
Written by Laura Marie
(10/9/2011 6:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Puzzled by Poor Richard., penned by Rachel G
Of course Austen did have quite a biting sense of humor which I usually enjoy, but this bit has never sat quite right with me. I think mostly because most of us are a bit squeamish about speaking ill of the dead, even if he is only a 'troublesome, hopeless' fictional character.
I'm hesitant to put this out there, but I wonder if the fact that Austen herself didn't have children made it somewhat easier for her to speak of a dead son as 'scarcely at all regretted.'
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