Posted by Constanza on January 13, 1998 at 12:09:23:
IMO this is the most "self-explanatory" novel by JA. In the other five, behaviours, motives or speeches can be construed in a variety of ways. Contrariwise, in NA all behaviours are accounted for either by the characters or the narrator; ulterior motives are eventually explained and there is no doubt as whether any speech is ironic or not. (Even if double entendres or ironic remarks are sometimes not perceived by the characters, the reader is always aware of its meaning or intention). All of this renders NA a less complex work (comparatively speaking); this may be due to its being an early work. Or perhaps, as a NA is intended as a parody of a gothic romance, JA considered it advisable not to leave any loose end, so to speak. What you say?
BTW, this at least would account for the fact that we are not having much of a discussion lately. ;-)
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