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|I stand corrected
Written by Natchie
(8/5/2013 7:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My feelings & JA's comment, penned by kathleen (elder)
K-E: You are right. It is exactly what Deresiewicz said about Emma, the first Jane Austen novel he ever read. How I transferred that in my mind to Fanny in Mansfield Park, I have no idea, but I'm glad you corrected me. After all, that was an important thing Austen said, and I should have checked it before putting it on pemberley.
I haven't read Emma yet. That's my next novel. I got so interested in Mansfield Park (My original intention was to read only ten chapters before the pemberley Group Read in the fall) that I couldn't put it down and finished it way ahead of time. But I had read Deresiewicz's book A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Matter. In his first chapter,about Emma, he writes, "Emma, she [JA] knew, would be the hardest challenge of all. 'I am going to take a heroine,' she said as she was about to start working on the novel, 'whom no-one but myself will much like.'"
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