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Written by Caroline
(3/10/2003 11:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bad Jane.., penned by Leif G-n
I'm not sure that the people of the twenty-first century really do want to think of Jane as "all good", Lief. The trouble is that there's more written about her than about any other woman except Joan of Arc and Mary, mother of Jesus, and just about everyone has tried to appropriate her to their particular "cause". Outside of academia, she has the reputation for being a prim and proper goody-goody, but it's obvious from her bios that she wasn't anything of the kind. But it really does seem that he whitewashing of her reputation did begin with the next generation, and that her family took great pains to show her only in a positive light. Perhaps a lot of this was to do with their Victorian sensibilites and the consciousness that JA's generation was, in many ways, a social and economic downpoint in the family history.
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