link to "the Mystery" and commment...
Posted by Kate on May 30, 1998 at 07:59:45:
In response to Anyone feel inclined to cover "the mystery" as well? , written by Bonny on May 30, 1998 at 01:43:05
] Since the read of the juvenilia is so timely, in that it coincides with my own foray into the minor works, I ws wondering if anyone would care to discuss this little pice with me. I want particularly to analyze why it is funny, which I believe involves JA playing with genre or at least the generic conventions that in drama the audience will conveniently "overhear" something of interest, which expectation is frustrated by JA in every scene of "the mystery." Is there anyone with more particular knowledge of what JA is sending up here in the way of 18th century drama, debates etc who could help me out? I'm comparing to "The School for Scandal ", at the moment, which involves lots of "overhearing".
I have put a link to the text of "the Mystery" if anyone wants to look at it. It's only about a page long.
Bonny, on the linked site it is described as "unfinished", though it is not in my book version. Do you think it is unfinished? Is all to be revealed in the second act? It does rather leave one hanging!!
- Link: The Mystery
- unfinished... Bonny 08:09:38 6/02/98 (2)
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