Posted by Hil on January 13, 1998 at 21:10:33:
In response to Impatient oldsters, written by Patrick on January 12, 1998 at 15:04:23
] ] Her attitudes propably changed a bit over time, too, as she got older, maybe? Did she get more impatient of society as time went on?
I cannot imagine someone angry or impatient writing as forgiving and understanding a novel as Persuasion.
I agree with you here Patrick. I think what was in my mind was that in Persuasion there seems to be a greater sense of JA impling that in the social order of things, people like Wentworth - self made, not your traditional landed gentry like Darcy - were worthy. We see it appearing in, for example, her esteem of the Gardiners, despite Caroline Bingley's derision of them, but her acceptance of the general worthiness of the emerging middle class seems more pronounced in Persuasion. (I could be talking nonsense). Maybe the serenity you talk of is to do with the inner person, and what I was meaning had more to do with the outside world, though of course they impinge on each other.
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