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|MT: JA's mother, the hypochrondriac?
Written by Leonore
(2/26/2003 11:48 a.m.)
I read one essay which claimed that while JA was dying of (probably) Addison's disease, she was writing Persuasion "in a race against failing health. She wrote propped up on the sofa, while her mother monopolized the bed."
The implication is that Jane's mother was a hypochrondriac who selfishly demanded comfort and attention at the expense of the much sicker Jane.
Any references for or against this assertion?
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