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|You make some really good arguments
Written by Anselm
(9/24/2009 4:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I'm guessing, penned by Barb JA
Basically, I don't know how to reconcile these two opposing viewpoints. If you want to risk spoilers, have a look at Ellen Moody's calendar, linked below (which I've also linked from another message). It incorporates a detailed essay on just this issue. Her two basic points are:
1. There is an Austen family tradition that Elinor and Marianne was an epistolatory novel.
It might also be worth remembering that Lady Susan, her brilliant novel-in-letters, was possibly written in 1794, around the time of Elinor and Marianne.
But this still doesn't get around the general problem that you've raised, namely the fact that the novel is constructed largely around Elinor's silence, and specifically the problem of Ch.23.
|Ellen Moody's S&S calendar and article|
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