Posted by Jane O on June 20, 1997 at 19:02:06:
In reply to Re: Lack of scriptural reference in JA? posted by The Mysterious H.C. on June 20, 1997 at 11:58:30
] Wasn't religion sorta in a lull at this point? I am under the impression people were beginning to tire of the evanganlical movement and were disenchanted with the current system of finding ministers.
So while the general impression of modern times is that in times past people were moral, religious creatures, in reality they were just like us! :-) So I don't think people (even ministers) went around quoting the Bible.
* * * * Mysterious H.C., my husband teaches biblical literature as well as Austen and I posed this question to him. He said the same things you were suggesting. Anne Bronte does use a fair amount of biblical allusion in her Tenant of W.H. (which I'm reading) but she came well into the Victorian period where there was a difference in sensibility generally and in acceptance of the novel form as well.
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