Posted by Bonny on April 15, 1998 at 06:38:59:
In response to not perverted at all, written by P. Bingham on April 14, 1998 at 12:58:04
I didn't find your post aggressive,just written with more conviction than my own, and I did ask for insight into Tomalin's approach. Perhaps I did exaggerate, but I thought I'd better outline the problems I had with it if I wanted help in understanding it. I didn't mean to subscribe to the maiden aunt approach to Jane either.Apologies for the silly complacency of the last line in my previous post, Patricia, and thanks for your response.
] I don't find this approach perverted at all. I think you've mistaken the meaning of Tomlin's words and perhaps given them more depth than she meant or perhaps you might be making something that is perhaps sexual something perverse. The brother/friend/husband relationship has long been a sexual one (brother meaning how far the depth of friendship can go). Indeed, I feel that this was exactly the relationship Emma had with Knightly. And even in Jane's experience, how do we know what she did or did not experience. She had access to enough married women to know what Emma would expect. Perhaps Jane had played a few "sexual" games of her own. Basing Jane's opinion on what we think her personal actions were (or what they really were) is not always safe. She was a very complicated woman. Sorry if this sounds aggressive! I don't mean it that way. Your ideas are appreciated.
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