Posted by Kathy F. on June 10, 1997 at 17:47:26:
In reply to Re: S&S and Emma posted by Ann on June 08, 1997 at 21:26:56
] ] ] Why was the secret engagement of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill so morally reprehensible in Emma but the secret engagement of Lucy Steele and Edward Ferrars no big problem in S&S? Was it that people object to LS so violently that the bad morals of the secrecy was not thought of?
] Part of it might be that both Jane and Frank were happy (mostly) with their engagement, but Edward wanted out and was stuck in his.
So you think that the author's opinion is intruding?--That Mrs. Weston, etc. were unhappy about the fact of the engagement, though the people were not bad choices; and Edward's family were upset about his choice. Maybe JA had to show some moral outrage in Emma, but there was enough already in S&S to not belabor the point.
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