A thought (just one!)
Posted by Caroline on January 27, 1998 at 14:32:44:
In response to If she did, she would no longer be dancing, only moving formulaically..., written by PAtrick on January 26, 1998 at 16:37:06
Why? An alternative view is that consciousness doesn't do much other than keep us from walking into walls. It isn't important for artistic creation, or for managing your life. It just keeps the muscles from getting gummed up with competing commands. Nothing to synthesize there.
Patrick, You started all this off by suggesting that Jane Austen, whether consciously or unconsciously, was rebelling and attempting to reform the society in which she lived.(No, you didn't say it in those words, I know, but that was what I read into your words.)
May I suggest, that if you are still interested in your original statement, that you read some of her letters and biographies? I'm reading the Tomalin Biography myself at present, in preparation for our group read, and it has a lot to say that you might find very relavant.To honestly answer your original question needs a fair knowledge of her life, as well as her novels.
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