Posted by JacqueJ on July 30, 1997 at 11:28:24:
I will be away for the next couple of weeks and the odd are good that i will not have access to the internet, so I am afraid -- unless I get lucky, that I will be a book discussion dropout.
I have read to the end -- don't worry -- I won't give away the ending -- and have concluded that one of the reasons that we love JAs later writings is because the characters have dimension. Everyone in LS appears to be one dimensional -- all good or all bad or all stupid, etc. We all know that her later characters were multi-faceted and that makes them far more interesting and more sympathetic.
There was a period toward the end of the book where i thought unaccountably of Commedia D'ell Arte -- with characters running in and out of doors just as others vanish. There too the characters are cardboard, one dimensional, and the emphasis is on the action rather than the character development. Maybe this is not a good analogy, but it flashed through my mind when all of the players showed up in London at once.
I am almost wondering if one day, the Young Jane Austen got tired of being a Preacher's Kid, always being told "you can't do this" and "you can't do that " and "you must grow up to be a lady" that she rebelled and wrote a story about what she would be like if she could be deliciously wicked and completly outrageous. She could write a scenerio where she could make up her own rules and be as selfish and as self-serving as possible.
If I find a computer, I will check in. Otherwise, see you in Mid-August.
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