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|What Jane Austen thought of politicians
Written by Barbara
(9/25/2009 11:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "He is in the Opposition, you know", penned by Rachel G
I found this reference to a Member of Parliament in two of JA's letters, dated October of 1813. This would be after S&S was published, but perhaps it shows Jane's or her family's opinions of what M.P's were generally like:
Could anything be less like Mr. Palmer--very smiling, exceeding good address, etc.? Her family must really have laughed at the idea of such a person becoming an M.P.! "Mr. Palmer is always going about the country canvassing against the election; and so many people come to dine with us that I never saw before, it is quite charming! But, poor fellow! it is very fatiguing to him! for he is forced to make everybody like him."
Or maybe Mr. Palmer is very charming outside his family circle? Insincere?
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