How about S&S?
Posted by Jen M on August 04, 1998 at 21:39:46:
In response to Lord Peter as Darcy and D.L.Sayers as postregency Austen (moved from P&PB), written by sanna on July 30, 1998 at 13:05:50
This is reading and near-reading to your heart´‹s delight - a kind of improvisation - everyman´s intertextuality (well, are there any direct citations from Austen in Sayers?...). I´ll hope this amuses at least Sayers-fans (there seem to be a lot of them in RoP) and doesn´t suspend any pleasure of others.J:-)
As a huge fan of both DLS and JA, your message not only amused me, it made me think of other parallels in the works of these two grandes dames of fiction. I agreed with your thoughts on the P&P/Vane&Wimsey connection, but for an even closer match to Austen try the relationship between Marianne Dashwood and Col. Brandon. See what you think:
1. The gratitude is much more intense because it involves the saving of the lady's life. For HV and LPW it was a murder acquittal; for MD and CB it was the bringing of her mother to Clevland, which pulled her back from death to life (Ch.46, para.1-2).
2. Romantic disappointments all around, causing deep wounds and slow healing. In his past--LPW and Barbara (See Delagardie's "biographical note" as intro to Unnatural Death), CB and Eliza. In her present--HV and Philip Boyles, MD and Willoughby.
3. Love at first sight for him, slow recognition of feelings for her.
Gentleness of manner, constancy of affection in his patient wooing.
4. Both ladies seek books and study as comfort, "the same eager fancy which had been leading her to the extreme of languid indolence and selfish repining, now at work in introducing excess into a scheme of such rational employment and virtuous self-control" (S&S Ch.46, para.10).
5. LPW and CB: rich, eligible, mature bachelor, well-read, military.
HV and MD: relatively poor, artistic (writing/music),independent spirit.
6. Fundamental change in attitude for her when she accepts him. HV has sought independence and self-suffiency, but learns that marriage to LPW doesn't mean losing her individuality and strength. In marrying CB, MD "was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favourite maxims"--in short, sense over sensibility.
Let me know what you think. Thanks again for your thought-provoking message. I knew there was a reason I liked both writers so much, but I had never seen the connection so clearly.:o)
- You outdid me..thank you!:-) sanna 16:51:47 8/06/98 (1)
- Thrones, Dominations Jen M 01:24:30 8/07/98 (0)
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