Posted by kathleen (elder) on September 14, 1997 at 17:24:37:
Nora raised an interesting point in our discussion of JA's intentions (down the page a bit).
A real romantic author should desire at least satisfaction once a reader is finished, instead of shock and disbelief of what happened in the last forty pages.[emphasis mine]
. . . if JA was a 90's author she would have done something ....
I have never considered JA as a romanitc writer. I do appreciate, however, the romantic quality of the endings, with each of the heroines married to a man with whom she shares a deep love.
For me there is so much more in JA's novels than the romance, that I consider the romantic aspects to be secondary (or even tertiary !) to the main theme(s) of the books. Perhaps this difference in reader responses explains some of the differences in reader satisfaction levels with the endings of MP and/or S&S.
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