No nonsense there!
Posted by MB on January 14, 1998 at 13:27:17:
In response to The serenity, written by Hil on January 13, 1998 at 21:10:33
] 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.
Thank you, Hil; my thoughts as well! Persuasion, rather than displaying a complacent serenity, seems to me to point the way toward JA's potential (that was, of course, sadly thwarted). And I was going to bring up the subject of the middle-class Gardiners being embraced by Darcy, but you've done it perfectly already!
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