I like that "YHOS"...! More on Lewis:
Posted by Stolzi on November 05, 1997 at 13:22:36:
In response to This Is the Place, written by Ken on November 05, 1997 at 11:09:27
] What Lewis is this, BTW?
"A Note on Jane Austen" may be found in Lewis' Selected Literary Essays, ed. Walter Hooper, Cambridge Univ. Press 1969.
But I think I came across it in an anthology of essays, by varying hands, upon Austen. The book was from the library and I've lost my xerox of the Lewis essay. It's a brief piece whose main theme is the deception and un-deception of so many people in Austen: from the tragic mistakes made by Marianne in S&S, to the merely comical illusions nourished by Catherine in NA. (Of course you see the pattern with Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennet as well).
Fanny Price, on the other hand, has the cross of seeing clearly where so many others around her are deceived. His opinion of Fanny is interesting; he acquits her of being a prig, but does think she is a bit too milk-and-water: with everyone in her world (almost) thinking that she is insignificant, there's a risk that the reader may think so as well :) [And I believe we are about to see a broadside delivered against poor Fanny here as well? Of Henry and Fanny, he says "such men never make such marriages." But I did not adopt his opinion without thinking for myself, and as I say, Miss Austen has failed to convince me (and you too, it appears) on this point.
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Of Henry and Fanny, he says "such men never make such marriages." But I did not adopt his opinion without thinking for myself, and as I say, Miss Austen has failed to convince me (and you too, it appears) on this point.