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Written by manal
(3/14/2013 1:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How does this related to JA and/or her novels, specifically?, penned by kathleen (elder)
Sorry I wasn't clear enough. It just struck me that Jane Austen's heroines, at least in the five novels I have read, occupy the position of the second born. Elinor in "Sense and Sensibility" is the second born in the Dashwood family, while Marianne is second born from her mother. Elizabeth is the second born in the Bennett family. Fanny, in "Mansfield Park", similarly is the second born after her brother William. Then, Emma herself is the second born to the Woodhouses. Finally, we have "Persuasion" where Anne is once more the second born. Now, I am not sure about "Northanger Abbey" becuase i didn't read it yet, but if the heroine is also a second born then there is something in it. So, I am wondering "what does this mean?" and " Do you think Jane Austen deliberately intended it to be thus, or was it a coincidence? I would really like to know what you think. Thanks.
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