You twinkle like a little star, MB
Posted by Helen on January 21, 1998 at 15:40:03:
In response to Ironic or not, it shows...., written by Caroline on January 20, 1998 at 21:47:54
] ...but I never thought of it this way. I always took it as ironic and as a slight "dig" at contemporary authors who were doing that (according to Sir Walter Scott) "Big Bow-Wow strain". I don't think she seriously considered adding any "long discourses"; she let her feelings and opinions be known in a less didactic way through her characters and their "fates".
] Perhaps...though I like to think that under that irony she was actually being very, very serious...she knew how it would be judged, whether she agreed with it or not. And I think it shows that she was very much a 'child of enlightenment', though not ,perhaps the way Patrick meant it!
But I agree with Caroline - there is a strongly self-deprecating tone to this comment. Didn't JA admire a lot of highly serious and moral authors? I can't think of any off the top of my head, but I guess this is the best place to get some answers...
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