Jane & her books
Posted by P. Bingham on May 26, 1998 at 13:19:30:
In response to Trafalgar, written by Marie-Bernadette on May 26, 1998 at 12:48:55
In my opinion, one can only pursue this subject in vain as Jane went out of her way to separate her books from the political spectrum. She appeared to do this quite deliberately, as the politics of her day was not the issue of her writing, but the morals and the day-to-day ironics of everyday life. As you say, Marie-Bernadette, she seemed to strive for a "timeless" effect. Whether she used a character that happened to be from the family of a real person, that would not necessarily lead one to understand that character based on this real person. It was just the name she borrowed, not the family or the family's experience. Only her writing can lead you to any understanding for wherever the name of the character came from, the character is still fictional. Many of the names of her characters are from real people and many of the characters were inspired by real people, but Jane was wise enough and consciencious enough, not to link them together. I say this, I know, as if I know it all. But all I say is just an opinion.
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