Posted by: rearadmiral | January 20, 2013

P&P etc….

“Expect a most agreable Letter; for not being overburdened with subject-(having nothing at all to say)-I shall have no check to my Genius from beginning to end……Our Party yesterday was very quietly pleasant. To day we all attack Ash Park, & tomorrow I dine again at Deane….I have a great mind not to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, which I have just had the pleasure of reading, because I am so ashamed to compare the sprawling lines of this with it!” -JA to Cassandra Austen 1/21-22/1801

“For Jane Austen’s book is, most importantly, about prejudging and rejudging. It is a drama of recognition-re-cognition, that act by which the mind can look again at a thing and if necessary make revisions and amendments until it sees the thing as it really is. As such it is thematically related to the dramas of recognition which constitute the great traditions of Western tragedy-Oedipus Rex, King Lear, Phedre-albeit the drama has now shifted to the comic mode, as is fitting in a book which is not about the finality of the individual death but the ongoingness of social life”. -“Jane Austen” by Tony Tanner from the section “Knowledge and Opinion: Pride and Prejudice” pg. 105


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