Jane Austen vs Eliza. Austen Knight
Posted by Sherry on March 18, 1998 at 12:59:09:
I do not know if this particular point has been reached in the reading schedule, but I want to open for discussion the subject of Jane and Eliz. Austen-Knight.
The bios I have read stated, they did not much care for each other and that one of these reasons if not the main reason was that Jane saw her as some sort of brood mare and also as an opportunist (considering the gift of the book about marrying for money, as opposed to love).
I think though there could be something more here, in that each of these women had what the other in essence lacked. Jane was clever, witty and accomplished, where as it is stated , there was nothing notable about Eliz. accomplishments. On the other hand Eliz. Austen Knight had what escaped Jane Austen all her life. That is the very romantic love and happy marriage that ends all of Janes work.
Perhaps their dislike of each other stems from their envy of each other? What do you think?
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