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|Jane Austen's mental work
Written by Anselm
(10/12/2009 7:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How interesting -, penned by MarianneR
could not have been done in the manner popularly associated with her. I can't entirely believe the famous legend of the "squeaky door" at Chawton, which she purportedly refused to have oiled because it gave notice of surprise visitors. Such constant interruption would have derailed the train of thought necessary to frame works as highly structured, intricate and deep as S&S and her other novels. The hours of uninterrupted reflection necessary to make the dozens or hundreds of connections that are still being discovered two centuries later would be impossible under such a regime.
I can just (but only just) imagine that the actual writing - the least "creative" part of the process, as opposed to the generation and planning of such complex structures - could be done under such conditions, but even then it must have been hard to cope with.
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