Posted by Constanza on May 15, 1998 at 16:21:29:
In response to Fanny, written by Marya on May 15, 1998 at 16:09:15
There's an afterword in my copy of MP, with which I disagree and, moreover, makes me furious whenever I read it.
The main things it says are the following:
1) Mary Crawford is equivalent to Elizabeth Bennet.
2) JA had a plan for a novel and sacrified the plot of MP to the plan.
3) That Henry transformation was so credible that JA had to make him elope with Maria in order to turn him into a villain of the first order. That his running away with Maria is not believable. And that this is a weakness of the novel.
4) That Fanny's marrying Henry would have benefited both parties, and that it would have been better for Fanny to marry him and not Edmund.
5) The same applies to Edmund and Mary (she makes a paralell between them and Elizabeth/Darcy); she says that Mary was the only one who could have make a complete and balanced man out of him.
That is from memory. I'll look it up and post it.
- Irritating, isn't it? Lydia 19:25:49 5/15/98 (1)
- Infuriating indeed - quoting from it Constanza 11:29:16 5/18/98 (0)
- hmmm Lise 18:41:55 5/15/98 (9)
- JA's plan Xenia 17:17:17 5/16/98 (8)
- Um, well... Stolzi 09:40:08 5/18/98 (7)
- Good Mrs. Norris gkb 13:48:34 5/18/98 (6)
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