Agreement about ambiguity
Posted by Laraine on September 03, 1997 at 10:00:05:
In response to Re: My opinion, for what it's worth, written by greg on September 02, 1997 at 22:10:55
How sweet you are! I'm glad you liked "my Mr. Knightley"--thanks so much!
I agree that there's an ambiguity in Austen's phrasing in using "favourite" and an ambiguity about Knightley's alarm--for whom is he feeling all this concern? But I also think it's a slight ambiguity--I think JA wanted the reader to read the statement as being about Jane, but she also wanted the alert reader to catch the ambiguities--her hints, however subtle, help create all the tension, suspense, and ultimate appreciation for the rightness of the novel's matches.
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