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Written by Barbara
(9/18/2009 6:21 p.m.)
When the movie Becoming Jane came out, it suggested that Jane's short-lived flirtation with Tom Lefroy was the basis for her becoming a great writer and creating Mr. Darcy. Without getting into a debate on all the inaccuracies in that movie, not the least of which was the idea that Jane needed someone to make her a great writer and copied lines she heard others saying, this similarity between her life and between S&S did strike me.
This is from Ch.11 of S&S:
This is from a letter Jane wrote to her sister Cassandra in January of 1796 (about when she would have been working on the epistolary version of Elinor & Marianne:
I was just struck by the similarity between Jane's letter describing her behaviour with Tom Lefroy and the scene from S&S with Marianne and Willoughby! One difference is, though, that apparently Mr. Lefroy did not like being laughed at for such a reason, whereas it didn't bother W&M much at all.
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