Posted by kathleen (elder) on May 01, 1997 at 14:34:30:
In reply to Re: Ordination posted by Kate on May 01, 1997 at 11:20:53
] The footnote is as follows:
] Jane Austen to Cassandra Austen, 29 Jan 1813 in _Letters_ p. 298; the correspondence on the topic begins with Hugh Brogan's letter, TLS 19 Dec 1968. After Austen has been writing about the publication of P&P, the key sentences read: 'Now I will try to write of something else, and it shall be a complete change of subject - ordination - I am glad to find your enquires have ended so well. If you could discover whether Northamptonshire is a country of hedgerows I should be glad again.' Chapman's intepretation assumes a full stop between 'ordination' and 'I' . His critics feel that Austen is more likely to have intended a stop between 'subject' and 'ordination'.
Hmmm. Doesn't sound like it's definite either way, but it is interesting. It makes me curious to read what some of the other critics might have to say -- time to dust off some of the critical writings & biographies.
Thanks for sharing, Kate.
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