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|Of the Standard of Taste
Written by Caroline
(9/16/2006 8:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Taste: the good, the bad and the natural?, penned by Barbara
"Many and frequent are the defects in the internal organs which prevent or weaken the influence of those general principles, on which depends our sentiment of beauty or deformity. Though some objects, by the structure of the mind, be naturally calculated to give pleasure, it is not to be expected, that in every individual the pleasure will be equally felt. Particular incidents and situations occur, which either throw a false light on the objects, or hinder the true from conveying to the imagination the proper sentiment and perception.
Hume believed that taste was a separate standard which could be taught: Marianne seems to agree with him. And why not? I think Henry Tilney improves Catherine's artistic taste, at Beechen Cliff, does he not? Mr Knightley's "taste" for Emma's drawing of Harriet seems to be far more accurate (if not "delicate") than Mr Elton's- and if anybody epitomises good taste and good judgement, it's surely Mr K.
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