I would want them, of course.
Posted by P. Bingham on March 17, 1998 at 13:41:05:
In response to Jane's letters, written by Cheryl on March 16, 1998 at 16:46:14
And I don't think I would feel guilty of impinging on her privacy. What they thought of as risque is nothing today...
If I were Jane Austen, I may not want my papers shown in my lifetime, but I wouldn't care if they were shown 200 years later. Often people say that things never change, but they really do change. Many of the moral subjects that compromised people then, are no longer any big deal today.
And if it comes down to just private thoughts, I wouldn't mind another knowing them after I was dead, as long as they were not sick or anything like that. But look at Austen and her time. She was a relatively "good" girl from a good family. I doubt she did anything that would truly embarrass herself, after she looks back at her own life 200 years later. I'm rambling again... sorry!
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