Posted by Greg on April 03, 1998 at 20:50:59:
In response to NEWSFLASH: Jane Austen a Space Alien!!!, written by The Mysterious H.C. on April 01, 1998 at 12:05:55
..."Austen's generally cool detached and ironic pose shows external objectivity that only an alien viewpoint, standing entirely outside not only the conventions of the society of Regency England, but also outside the common assumptions of what is taken for granted in human cultures, could adequately provide", Fuehl said.
Far from being far-out, this revelation is the only satisfactory explanation for the, shall we say "unique", perspective she brings to life on this planet. The proof is in the written evidence, viz.(from Ch.14 of Sense and Sensibility: "Though nothing could be more polite than Lady Middleton's behaviour to Elinor and Marianne, she did not really like them at all. Because they neither flattered herself or her children, she could not believe them good-natured; and because they were fond of reading, she fancied them satirical, perhaps without exactly knowing what it was to be satirical, but that did not signify. It was censure in common use, and easily given."
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