Not giving away secrets...
Posted by Cyndie on March 24, 1998 at 18:52:05:
In response to hi Cyndie, written by Kate on March 24, 1998 at 16:01:44
I had not realized, from reading several other posts, that you were all at the same place in the book. There are clearly a few who have read ahead, and some who are even finished. So , I apologize for making a statement on the book as a whole. However, what I said about the whole book, I could easily say about the first 16 or so chapters. (Where exactly are you?) I hardly gave away any secrets of the book. Anyone who would share my opinion would have formed it long before the 16th chapter. (and I see that there are several who DO share it) I only hope that readers will not be mislead by speculations stated as facts, such as Ms. Tomalin's portrayal of Tom Lefroy as the great love of Jane's life. (You ARE at least that far, I think.) I think Jane Austen would be mortified at Ms. Tomalin's description of her flirtation with Tom (which was by most accounts innocent fun). Sexual vulnerability and warm blood, indeed! I don't mean to say that it is not possible that it happened exactly that way, only that it is just as likely that they were no more than boistrously friendly, and that his anxious relative, who sent him packing, was a little paranoid.
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