Posted by Barbara on August 17, 1997 at 17:17:23:
In reply to First Chapter of S&S: Confusing! posted by Lynne on August 17, 1997 at 16:25:56
] Does JA do this to explain the complexity of family, especially when it is not typical----half sibs are involved or inappropriate marriages? Perhaps that is why these novels are not ranked with her greatest...it is rather a tough chew to get through that first chapter. Do not get me wrong: I liked both books after I passed that point, but with P&P and Emma, one can jump into the story right away. Maybe someone else has an opinion. Great board and thanks much to whomever set it up, etc...
It's true you can't just jump into this story the way you can for P&P, Emma or even Persuasion. But the complexities of this situation, like you say, have to be explained or the rest of the story doesn't make sense. If the former owner of Norland hadn't set up his will so all the property would pass down to little Henry, none of the problems for the Dashwood girls could come about. And in fact if they don't leave Norland, Marianne would never even meet Willoughby or Colonel Brandon.
I am SOOOOOoooooo happy to see this board here!!!
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