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|JA as a mystery writer
Written by Jasmine D
(4/17/2013 4:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Reader’s knowledge vs. Lizzy’s: Wickham, penned by amytat
I think JA would have made a good mystery writer. There is usually some mystery involved in her novels, and the relationship between Wickham and Darcy is one in this novel.
amytat, thank you for pointing out that JA does not give the reader and background information on Wickham. I had not really considered that. But it does add to the idea that JA would have been a good mystery writer. She knows when to give and withhold clues. JA has given us background information on Mr. Bingley and Mr. Collins. But not Wickham. We're left to figure things out from mainly Elizabeth's point of view. But is she as good a judge of character as she thinks she is? Already, she is not aware of Darcy's regard for her (he is taking great pains to hide it, but Caroline Bingley is aware of it).
Wickham tells his side of the story. It seems to match up with Elizabeth's (and everyone else's) assessment of Darcy. But as always the case in mysteries, there are always two sides of the story. Will we get to hear Darcy's side?
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