shires and consequences
Posted by Mary B on August 07, 1998 at 12:07:21:
In response to Shires, written by Gwen on August 06, 1998 at 16:03:29
] I hope I am asking this question in the right place. When reading any of JA's books, I notice that she often refers to _____ shire. What does that mean? Why doesn't she list a specific place? It drives me nuts!
But I think this was necessary because England has a finite number of shires, and those living in one that she actually named would lose credulity in her work. That was my early reasoning; someone else said something about Austen avoiding the negative characterization of anything that actually existed. (?)
Kind of like Contact using Bill Clinton. It was cool, but if they had not done that a big mess would have been avoided and the film wouldn't be so dated...and if they'd portrayed him in a negative/positive way, hoo boy. :)
- Shires Gwen 12:28:12 8/07/98 (1)
- Doesn't Emily Bronte do the same in Wuthering Heights?? (nfm) Tay 20:30:39 8/13/98 (0)
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