Posted by kathleen (elder) on April 30, 1997 at 10:23:17:
In reply to She doesn posted by Amy on April 29, 1997 at 23:11:53
] So what's the thrust here? Kali says she can't get with Fanny because she doesn't grow. Ann says, "no she doesn't grow but does she have to?"
] Good question. My answer is yes. Sure the book isn't so much about a delusional or mistaken heroine as Austen's other books, but how good is any story that doesn't show us some kind of personal journey?
But, how much growth/change do we see in Elinor in S&S or Anne in Persuasion? Elinor has a lot to contend with as does Anne, but I see little change during the course of either of those novels.
(My tongue-in-cheek question is) Are you implying that
(a) we should not like Fanny
(b) we should not like MP
(c) it's OK to like either Fanny or MP, as long as we don't claim that MP is a "good" novel
(d) all of the above
(e) none of the above
(Can you tell that I'm a professor? ;-))
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