CB actually said it.
Posted by Mark on October 09, 1997 at 13:27:44:
In response to But Mark's argument is that she had control, written by Ann on October 09, 1997 at 12:05:48
] There comes a point in the novel where Jane knows she has a rich uncle, who is leaving everything to her. Instead of trying to follow this lead and become rich--instead of taking control of her own life--she keeps wallowing in her misery. She had the power to escape her suffering, but she failed to take control. For such a strong character to do this is inconsistant. This is why I find major fault with Bronte. She threw out her character's strength when it suited her. Jane had a way out and failed to take it.
Recall Bronte's famous critism of Austen of her work being, "An accurate daguerrotyped portrait of a commonplace face; a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers; but no lance of a bright vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck."
Notice the word, "accurate"? Even in critising Austen, Bronte praises her for her accuracy.
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