On re-reading S&S
Posted by Lynne on September 15, 1997 at 00:58:51:
In response to On re-reading S&S, written by Caroline on September 14, 1997 at 23:09:14
] S&S was never my favourite Austen book. But when this board opened, I started reading it again , so I would have more to talk about than Emma Thompson. For the first time ever, I began to see humour everywhere, not just in the Palmers and Mrs Jennings, but in Edward, and Marianne, and just about evryone else! It's been a great experience!
Yes, Caroline....I find the 2nd chapter particularly amusing, but also very apt in today's world. I have a member in my family very obsessed with money----to the point she contrives how to persuade others to join her in dubious schemes in which they will probably be cheated while she is enriched (she owns rental property). But yet, people who do not know her well admire her: so very ambitious & upwardly mobile, yet she is rather extravagent and in debt to an alarming degree (like Fanny Dashwood). And like Fanny Dashwood, she tries to avoid her financial responsibilities to those truly deserving: such as a stepchild who is doing very well in college, and this relative of mine contrives ways to cheat this child out of her trust fund, set up for her college expenses. Fanny Dashwood is alive and well, in the year of Our Lord, 1997 on this North American Continent----and I think she will still be kicking around in the year 2997.....
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