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|Austen certain memorialized
Written by Ramya
(10/17/2011 2:49 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Love the Harvilles, penned by Cheryl
the service of the Navy and paid tribute to their character in this novel. The youngest two of her brothers (Francis and Charles) belonged to this profession. It is interesting to see that Frank saw a lot of himself in Cap. Harville.
... Louisa, by whom she found herself walking, burst forth into raptures of admiration and delight on the character of the navy: their friendliness, their brotherliness, their openness, their uprightness; protesting that she was convinced of sailors having more worth and warmth than any other set of men in England; that they only knew how to live, and they only deserved to be respected and loved. Ch.11
It is interesting that Naval people also form an important part of the narrative of Mansfield Park, where she also immortalized the topaz crosses given by Charles as presents to herself and Cassandra.
I hope it is not off-topic to post this bit from Mansfield Park, which again extols the naval profession: [Henry Crawford] longed to have been at sea, and seen and done and suffered as much. His heart was warmed, his fancy fired, and he felt the highest respect for a lad who, before he was twenty, had gone through such bodily hardships and given such proofs of mind. The glory of heroism, of usefulness, of exertion, of endurance, made his own habits of selfish indulgence appear in shameful contrast; and he wished he had been a William Price, distinguishing himself and working his way to fortune and consequence with so much self–respect and happy ardour, instead of what he was! Ch. 11, MP
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