Posted by: rearadmiral | May 29, 2017

5/29 Memorial Day 2017 Week in Review

“Austen gives Emma a richer patterning of narrative echoes than her other novels, not least because Emma Woodhouse spends so much of the book trying to make others echo her words and, by implication, her thoughts. Throughout the novel, sounds, phrases and rhythms resonate unpredictably between dialogue, style indirect and external narration.”
pg 149 Bharat Tandon “Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation” Anthem Press 2003

“Fanny may be ‘pressed to his heart’, but she still hasn’t got her man; she has to wait, and so do Austen’s readers-leading to the extraordinary implications of the novel’s final chapter, in which levity and hellishness meet in surprising fashions.”
pg 223 Bharat Tandon “Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation” Anthem Press 2003…/jane-austin-uk-manors-vacati…

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“The spaces and spacings of Persuasion can also say more about Anne than she fully knows she is saying herself; her first speech in the book, delayed until well into the third chapter, measures her reticence in its monosyllabic announcement ‘Here Anne spoke, —‘, as if the very novel were suddenly surprised by her audacity”.
pg 232 Bharat Tandon “Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation” Anthem Press 2003

“….and as suggested by what Catherine Vernon has learned to do, Lady Susan prompts the reader to look beyond the language of sentimental exposure and concealment – not least in the matters of the ‘heart’. If hearts can still at times be the competitive prizes familiar from earlier novels, other instances in Lady Susan offer different possibilities. In Letter 6, for example, Catherine warns Reginald about Lady Susan, remarking that ‘[i]f her manners have so great an influence on my resentful heart, you may guess how much more they operate on Mr Vernon’s generous temper’. ”
pg 145 Bharat Tandon “Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation” Anthem Press 2003

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Issue 13: Winchester
On May 24, 1817, Jane left Chawton for the last time and travelled to Winchester where she would spend her last months.

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“It is hard to know what Mr Woodhouse has ever done to deserve to live in such a pampered state, or whether his retreat from life, exemplified by his extreme fear of food, is something that should be humoured so selflessly by his daughter……Though in one sense Emma Woodhouse has one of the happiest family lives of all the heroines, in another her middle of life threatens to be unfulfilled except for duty because of a helpless and demanding father who, for all his fondness, never asks himself what would be best for Emma.”
-pg 121 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale

“Fanny Price is as young as either Harriet Smith or Louisa Musgrove when she makes these reflections, but if her mind is capable of such thoughts now, we can be sure that her evening or autumn of life will be fuller and richer than theirs, to her own benefit and that of her husband and children. There is a sense, of course, in which Fanny’s personality has always been middle-aged: a very clever portrayal by Austen of a character who is at the same time and in so much of her ways convincingly youthful. This would seem a paradox and yet, in Fanny(more than in any other heroine) we observe the truth that the child is mother to the woman: that the one is always present in the other.”
pos 52-53 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale 2014


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