No complacency there
Posted by Patrick on January 15, 1998 at 16:14:18:
In response to No nonsense there!, written by MB on January 14, 1998 at 13:27:17
] 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!
Hmm. I did not mean "complacent" serenity in my earlier post. I don't think there is anything complacent in Persuasion. The serenity I see there comes, in my view, from the very great command of her art that JA had at the end. I don't think we were deprived of JA's potential. For me, Persuasion has a sort of end-of-life intensity to it, as if JA, running out of time, dispensed with all the frills and gave us just the deep wisdom. Persuasion seems to me to contain the essence of P&P. Or, putting it another way, P&P is what James Cameron would make if he filmed Persuasion :-)
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