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|JA's reticence -- and her principles
Written by Linden
(4/24/2003 4:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sundays, penned by Linda Fern
Yes, you are right about her reluctance to hit readers over the head with things. However, to find out whether or not her readers would have picked up on things, we need to know what they believed at that time, and I'm not convinced that the readers when she wrote NA -- as opposed to when it was published -- would have picked up on it.
] That taboo was peculiar to that church and time (I don't know what they believe now a days).
I'm not at all sure that it was in 1798. A considerable change came over the Church of England, at least the more thoughtful members of it (in which I definitely include JA), as a result of the work of William Wilberforce and the Evangelical movement: it became a good deal more concerned with religious principles (such as keeping the sabbath) in that period.
I've argued before on L&T that there is a difference between the early, somewhat lackadaisical JA of `Northanger Abbey' and the later, more earnest JA of `Mansfield Park'. There's a fair amount of material in the archives on L&T: here's just one link among many.
|Wilberforce, evangelicalism, etc.|
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