Posted by Hil on January 15, 1998 at 17:06:41:
In response to Inner and outer life, written by Patrick on January 15, 1998 at 16:23:37
] For me, it's not so much inner vs. outer life, or middle class vs. landed gentry - it's transcending these divisions altogether that I see in Persuasion. JA presents the Gardiners and Capt. Wentworth as sympathetic characters as a way of saying, Let's do away with classification altogether, rather than saying, See, the middle class are alright.
] Anne Elliot is the quintessential JA heroine for me. She is as strong as Lizzy Bennet, but does not feel the Lizzy's need to answer every challenge, to demonstrate her own strength. Anne does not play the game that Lizzy plays in spite of herself. It just seems to me that, to create a character like Anne, and to draw her so convincingly, JA must have felt some of Anne's serenity.
Again I agree with you, Patrick, especially about the transcending. I was drawing out the divisions between outer and inner, and class, because I was looking to see what JA's opinion of societal order may be, and if it changed over time. But I agree that what she said about those things merging is much more important. If you are interested I'll mail you my old post on 'Anne Eliot: Beyond Gender difference' if I can find it and you are interested?
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