Posted by Kate on October 15, 1997 at 20:52:46:
In response to re: Bronte vs Austen, written by Sherry on October 15, 1997 at 11:04:51
] 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.
I'm not talking about sappy or stupid dialogue, I'm talking about people talking in ways they would NEVER talk in real life. I know to an extent Austen has unrealistic dialogue too, but Bronte's dialogue is for me far too studied, they vocabulary far to complex, the metaphors far too intricate - people never actually talk like that. In this respect, as in many others, JE seems to me to fall more into the category of fantasy.
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