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|Mrs Jennings as King Lear
Written by Anselm
(9/28/2009 1:58 p.m.)
A message near the beginning of this GR drew attention to the similarity between the "bargaining down" of John Dashwood's obligations to his stepmother and sisters in the infamous Ch.2 with Goneril and Reagan's reduction of the size of their father's retinue from 100 to nothing in Act II Scene 4. What about the very first sentence of this week's reading:
....Mrs. Jennings was in the habit of spending a large portion of the year at the houses of her children and friends.... (Ch.25)
How much like the peripatetic King Lear is this, journeying between his two daughters' abodes, after having divested himself of his worldly goods? Of course, he no longer has a home of his own, unlike Mrs Jennings.
There's probably nothing in this - just an amusing thought. But I'd love to see if anyone can manage a few steps with this idea before it runs out of steam....
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