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|How about another layer of subversiveness, then?
Written by Tom P2
(10/12/2011 11:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, This occurred to me too, penned by BarbaraB
Is it conceivable that JA is expounding a school of thought without endorsing it? She slips so readily between the narrator's voice and characters' internal voices, that she could equally well slip into a point of view of conventional taste. When people flock together on some matter of taste, without really thinking for themselves, they become a target for JA's wit. We see it in S+S* and NA** and MP***, so perhaps that's what she's up to here, too? Exposing the 'you can only grieve properly if you're willowy' school of thought to ridicule, by showing it starkly?
*when Lady Middleton thinks ill of the Miss Dashwoods for being 'satirical', without knowing what it means
**when a prescriptive taste allows Catherine Morland to dismiss all(!) of Bath as un-picturesque
***when a prescriptive taste is fatal for the avenue at Sotherton
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