Posted by Anna on May 02, 1997 at 22:32:55:
In reply to JA's own feelings about love and marriage posted by Amy on May 02, 1997 at 00:00:09
] Maybe when JA wrote this, she was going through a phase when she didn't believe in real, all consuming, fireworks love. That can happen to women, you know.
I suppose it depends on what you mean by 'love' - I sometimes think that English needs a variety of words, to seperate parental/fraternal/affectionate/romantic/sexual love. In MP JA doesn't seem to believe the story-book perfect dream of finding perfect affection/romance/sex with the one person, for ever and ever amen (what adult does), but I wonder if she ever did. Although her other books end in a rosy glow, to me 'perfect happiness' of her other couples was shorthand ofr 'as far as is achievable'. I agree that the sexual element seems lacking in MP, but I doubt Fanny and Edmund would ever have the occaisional arguments I would expect between Mr and Ms Darcy.
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