Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|GR: Thanks, BarbaraB and Linden
Written by Art
(9/7/2003 1:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR Using An't, penned by BarbaraB
BarbaraB, thanks for pointing out the two earliest uses of "an't" in the story. Linden, thanks for explaining how the six-novel search on AOA missed those first two uses.
I had briefly entertained the notion that the Ferrars family, or possibly only Mrs. Ferrars, had risen from the lower classes, and that the snobbery of the Ferrars ladies was a way of overcompensating for that fact (like the Bingley sisters in P&P). But then, in chapter 33, John Dashwood says that the marriage of Edward to Miss Morton would be "a very desirable connection on both sides". I don't think the Mortons would desire the connection so much if the Ferrars family had any lower-class taint.
On the other hand, should I place so much trust in John Dashwood? He hasn't been the most reliable judge of other people's opinions, if his statements about Fanny are any guide.
Sense & Sensibility is maintained by Barbara with WebBBS 3.21.