Posted by Leanne S on May 19, 1998 at 15:47:59:
In response to Irony maybe., written by Golda on May 17, 1998 at 11:00:34
] ] I'm puzzled by JA's views on sex outside marriage. In almost all cases she obviously considers it shocking, and it ends in disaster for the woman (or near disaster, in Lydia's case).
] ] But there's one huge exception: Mrs Clay gets away with it in "Persuasion" when she goes off with Mr Elliot. She may even end up as Lady Elliot as a result.
] ] Thoughts, anyone?
From my reading of the passage, Austen didn't seem to be too optimistic about Mrs Clay marrying Mr Elliot. They just went off to London together where they may, or may not marry. I think Austen was hinting at Mrs Clays "ruin"
- Hear! Hear! (nfm) Cassia 17:17:18 5/19/98 (0)
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