Interference, CCF & JA
Posted by Linden on April 22, 1998 at 20:49:03:
In CCF, the heroine appears to have the author's approval for the way she interferes in other people's lives. JA, however, is ambivalent.
Some clear examples: Emma is roundly condemned for her matchmaking. Lady Russell's persuasion of Anne condmned her to years of misery.
There are others where the condemnation is not so strong - the Bertrams' adoption of Fanny turned out all right, but not in the way Sir Thomas expected.
On reflection, the only example of interference which JA seems to approve of totally is Mr Darcy's action in forcing Wickham to marry Lydia. (Though maybe Marrianne's marriage to Col. Brandon might count here, too.)
I wonder if JA grew to dislike the way people interfered with other people's lives as she matured, with "Emma" and "Persuasion" rejecting her earlier approval?
All this is a bit tentative: thoughts, anyone?
- Flora's motivations Kay 10:58:13 4/24/98 (0)
- a tiny objection! Barbara 22:50:51 4/23/98 (0)
- Interference Kinter 13:23:42 4/23/98 (3)
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