Posted by Katy B on October 22, 1997 at 16:41:36:
In response to Mr. Palmer LOL!, written by Arnessa on October 21, 1997 at 12:05:03
] I agree that JA does have a knack for making it seem that everything turns out as it should or would in real life. The character of the characters at the outset seems to determine how they will end. Kind of like Greek tragedy, no?
Cheryl K (my roomate here at Carleton) nearly had a violent altercation with a boy in our English class over this very subject. He complained that S&S was too predictable: you knew what every character was going to do before they did it. Cheryl K, however, maintained that it was just an example of what a good novelist Jane Auten was, and how well she could draw her characters so that they acted according to their nature instead of being prompted to act by external phony motivations added by the author to advance the plot. He didn't agree, and before dinner was over tables were being banged and I feared for the china.
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