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Written by gianni
(5/12/2013 12:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Oh, no you don't...(-:, penned by Jim Morris
With or without the smileys, Jim, I don't understand your comment.
With the smiley, you seem to want to agree ironically with my comment, but then the text seems to disagree with my thesis, which was that she deliberately set aside extraneous surrounding events for the sake of her story.
Without the smiley, you seem to say I didn't say what I thought I said.
I'm well aware of occasional allusions, and of specific (though implied) treatments in her work of such things as the horrid treatment of women by the marriage and estate systems, the remnants of the old class system that trapped most people at their birth levels, and the often silly attitudes toward elegance vs. splendor vs. glory vs. power.
I don't remember getting anything about slavery from my one reading of Mansfield Park, but I've read (thanks to the last Emma GR) that the name and home of Mrs. (Hawkins) Elton were suspiciously associated with the slave trade. Likewise, Persuasion's Capt. Wentworth got rich from his prize money, which of course addresses indirectly the war with France. Further thought will likely bring up other such non-references, but they're all quite subtle and unobtrusive.
What am I missing? Don't we agree? --well, except that I disagree strongly with the characterization of her work as "classic escapism". Or am I misunderstanding this comment, too?
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