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Written by BarbaraB
(9/21/2009 7:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Self-Portrait?, penned by Robbin
"When Annamaria is slightly grazed by a pin, the narrator tartly notes that Lady Middleton and the Steele sisters do ‘every thing...which affection could suggest as likely to assuage the agonies of the little sufferer’. This sets the tone for what borders on being an allegoric or emblematic passage.
If children can be selfish and demanding, how much more the adult who has acquired the polish of charm.
Sensibility takes little stock of our capacity to corrupt ourselves and others. The suggestion that emerges from the passage is that this failure stems from the essentially childish nature of Romanticism. It is egocentric, manipulative and clamorous."
I found this paragraph interesting but I must confess that I never saw as much as all this in this scene. I certainly never saw any religious implications.
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