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Written by Caroline
(9/19/2006 12:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Spelling it out., penned by Barbara
We have different ideas on "some length", obviously. If in attempting to give you a full answer to your own question of, "What is responsible sensibility?" I have squandered all my chances to make any points about JA and her ideas of sensibility, then I regret answering you. For your peace of mind, therefore , I would like to assure you that if I form any more associations with JA's other works during this group read, I will not post them here. That will be hard, but if they are not welcome, I do not wish to irritate your nerves, to use the eighteenth century expression, further.
I wanted to remind you that we have a forum for comparing the novels and it is not here.
Yes. Pemberly also has a forum for the historical stuff associated with JA's life, and for discussion of her letters that might be relevant. Yet, posts such as Julie's and Jan's are not being re-directed to L&T- in fact, L&T has a specific notice NOT to take points from the GR and post them there, but to concentrate them on this board instead. I don't see the consisitency in the two commands, which is why I specifically asked before what would happen if I did refer to other works.
As I also told you on the S&S board when you asked, certainly it is fine to bring up works of other writers as they shed light on this novel.
That is my intention, and has been all along.
However, if the discussion starts discussing the merits of these books or comparing these books to each other and not in reference to S&S, then that would be a library topic rather than a group read topic.
I can assure you that I don't intend to discuss the merits of these books, let alone compare them to each other. I intend simply to make the "associations"as I reas S&S. But you are now seem to be telling me that if I mention a book, or a non-S&S character more than once, I'll be directed to the library. So, having mentioned Rousseau, I cannot develop that idea any further, even if it is directly applicable to a passage that we will read, say, next week.
You are saying, in effect, that what I wanted to do with this reading of S&S, I am not allowed to do.
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