Force, persuasion and information
Posted by Linden on April 23, 1998 at 20:31:50:
In response to JA and interference, written by Laraine on April 23, 1998 at 14:18:16
Thanks for that excellent list.
I wonder if there's a distinction to be made between types of interference:
(a) Forcing someone to do something: eg General Tilney throwing Catherine out, Sir Thomas taking in the young Fanny Price (bad - even if it turns out well).
(b) Persuading someone to do something: eg Mr Darcy and Wickham; Emma and Harriet; Lady Russell and Anne (good or bad depending on outcome - or perhaps good in the early novels and bad in the later ones).
(c) Giving someone information: eg Col Brandon and Elinor; Mrs Smith and Anne (good).
This is the sort of distinction made in counsellor training: a counsellor is not there to give advice, but to give people information so they can make their own decisions. Maybe JA was ahead of her time (or maybe the Social Sciences take a while to catch up with what authors have been telling them for centuries).
- I like! Laraine 11:06:08 4/24/98 (0)
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