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Written by Myretta
(4/23/2003 10:51 a.m.)
Like Joanna Y, I have been listening to the book on audio tape during this group read. I must have a longer commute than she does, as I finished ahead of the schedule. I also lost track of the chapter numbers so refrained from posting for that reason (as well as others :-)
Early in the group read, Cheryl noted how Henry Tilney seemed to have taken on some of the narrator's role when he entered the picture. (C's post linked below). I had noted that as well and took it a little farther.
Concurrent with listening to NA, I was reading some of Jane Austen's letters from the time period during which she wrote the original novel. And I found that I could clearly hear her voice when Henry Tilney spoke and hear Henry in many parts of her letters:
Well, I could go on and on. I hear Henry's ironic voice when I read these and Jane's ironic voice when I read Henry.
When we read Jane Austen's novels, we frequently ask, which heroine is most like the author. I think we might be asking the wrong question. I begin to believe that, of all her characters, Henry Tilney is most like the author.
|Henry as narrator|
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