Posted by Cheryl on March 09, 1998 at 12:56:01:
I love that the title of the chapter dealing with much of Jane's juvenalia is entitled "Bad Behaviour!" There is, indeed much bad bahaviour displayed by her characters, but it is accompanied by such delicious satire and outrageous writing that I can find little fault with it.
The excerpt from Lesley Castle made me laugh so hard it drove me to read the whole of it again. I love Charlotte's preoccupation with cooking the wedding dinner and hooted again as I read her reaction to the accident:
Hervey had been thrown from his Horse, had fractured his Scull and was pronounced by his
Surgeon to be in the most emminent Danger. "Good God!" (said I) "you don't say so? Why what in the name of Heaven will become of all the Victuals? We shall never be able to eat it while it is good. However, we'll call in the Surgeon to help us. -- I shall be able to manage the Sir-loin myself; my Mother will eat the Soup, and You and the Doctor must finish the rest."
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