Posted by Hil on December 12, 1997 at 16:06:10:
In response to Hey, what a good point!, written by Amy on December 12, 1997 at 00:10:19
] ] Now why would the man's affection end with his writing poetry?
] That doesn't make any sense, does it? I believe I read it the way you did, too, just because it felt more true.
] ] Is it a play on the relation between affection and affected behaviour, affectation? Lizzy does seem to regard such courting by poetry as affected behaviour that is a turn-off?
] Might make sense, though Austen doesn't often go in for encryption like that... or do I read like Bingley writes and am missing little nuggets of gold?
I'm sure you don't do the Bingley thing with reading, Amy! And I agree JA doesn't often go for encryption. But I wonder if its like those other words that Tave picks up on (like amiablity, mortification, or liveliness) that JA uses in all their different nuances and subtleties. And whether there are nuances in 'affection' that existed then, that we don't understand these days?
Or maybe it was a typo?
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