MP other characters
Posted by Becca M. on December 04, 1997 at 20:10:06:
In response to There's More than Fanny, written by Ken on December 04, 1997 at 15:09:41
] Yes, but too often the discussion begins and ends there. There's considerably more happening in this book, so one would like to avoid the usual Fanny wars in talking it over.
Fanny evokes a lot of emotion for many Austenites because she is the heroine, and IMHO we expect a different kind of heroine.
I agree that there are many other interesting aspects to the novel. I would love to hear what people have to say about Henry Crawford and Maria.
] As for the ending, the last line or so logically sums up the book for me, so I don't feel badly about it. What I do sense, though, is that Austen began to run a little short of steam in figuring out how to end a very long novel, and thus threw down her pen for others to take up. The authorial instrusion is one of the few awkwardnesses I have ever found in JA. One can spin out many interpretations of what it really means; definitive answers are doomed to failure, I fear.
I agree completely, but still can't help from being disappointed. Part of the charm of Austen endings (for me anyway) are the romantic proposals. Hence, I find the ending lacking in the charm of other JA novels. But that's just my opinion.
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