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|One possible cause?
Written by Ann2
(3/11/2003 7:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Whitewashing JA, penned by Caroline
] I'm not sure that the people of the twenty-first century really do want to think of Jane as "all good", Lief. ....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.
”I have lost a treasure, such a sister, such a friend as never can have been surpassed. She was the sun of my life, the gilder of every pleasure, the soother of every sorrow; I had not a thought concealed from her, and it is as if I had lost a part of myself. ”
Can it be that the sentiments expressed by Cassandra at the time of her sister’s death contributed to make people inclined to think of Jane Austen only in very positive terms?
...JA's generation was, in many ways, a social and economic downpoint in the family history.
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