re: Bronte vs Austen
Posted by Sherry on October 15, 1997 at 11:04:51:
In response to bronte v. austen, written by Kate on October 14, 1997 at 22:34:10
I think this whole discussion is part of the reason why I prefer Austen to Bronte. For Charlotte (and Emily) passions were writ large - everyone felt so much and emoted so much (I mean really, some of the dialogue!!).
I believe the very reason you stated for preferring Jane Austen is the very reason Charlotte could not like JA's characters. Almost everything in Austen is sub-surface, can't be healthly for real people! I bet Jane got rid of alot of her own angst though. Must have been very therapuetic for her as well as the Brontes,and if it was I wonder at their untimely deaths. Maybe no matter how good a writer you are about or observer of life, at some point you actually have to experience it to be healthy. What do you think?
As far as the dialogue goes, I hate to think of some of the sappy and or stupid things I have said in the grip of emotion. Taken in that light, her words seem real enough to me.
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