No boy's talk
Posted by kates on December 12, 1997 at 19:31:26:
It's interesting that none of Austen's books contain any direct speach between men when women aren't present. As far as I can recall, this was because she didn't believe that she could write convincingly about what men say to each other when on their own because she had never, and could never, experience it - something that never stopped most novelists. Makes you wonder though - was Darcy teased by his cousin about Elizabeth when she was visiting Charlotte? Did Wickham kiss and tell in the officer's mess? What did Edmund and Henry Crawford talk about? Maybe there's a novel there - along the lines of the principle of the difference between Hamlet and Rosencratz and Guilderstern are Dead. What would we see if it was written with no female only conversation or introspection, but only the male version?
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