Posted by Linden on July 25, 1998 at 04:51:22:
In response to I've wondered about this too, written by Courtney Lynne on July 24, 1998 at 21:23:42
] I've also notice that certain names occur over and over in her books--Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine, Anne. Is that because these were just the common names of the time, like Jennifer or Elizabeth today?
To some extent, but there were also more unusual names, such as Cassandra. JA has a tendency to give her awful women unusual names: Lydia, Augusta, Penelope, Isabella. The heroines have common ones like Elizabeth and Anne, and the suffering virtuous secondary heroines seem to be called Jane.
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