The nature/nurture debate
Posted by MB on January 19, 1998 at 19:18:11:
In response to Was JA pro-balance?, written by Helen on January 16, 1998 at 12:43:07
This is based purely on my thoughts about P&P, not on any knowledge of 18th century schools of thought (as mine would fit in a thimble!)
JA does seem to "support" the nature end a little bit more. Darcy being drawn to the "natural" Elizabeth Bennet, JA contrasting the artificial "friendship" and "kindness" of the Bingley sisters to the real affection of their brother, admiring the "real" elegance (no false adornment) of Pemberley over the extravagance of Rosings, etc.
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