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  •  Do I explain more, or just accept your flippancy? (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Youffraita

    You give no indication that you're considering other people's views, for any longer than it takes to parry them.

    There is some thought to what you say. I see your points. But you sell Jane short. She recognized the horizons of her work:

    What should I do with your strong, manly, spirited sketches, full of variety and glow? How could I possibly join them on to the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush, as produces little effect after much labour?
    She also, within that frame, achieved an entirely new species of perfection.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 06:26:00 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, I admit I'm being annoying (2+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, RiveroftheWest

      I really have tried for many years to manage her, without success. My children adore her. My friends say I'm missingout. But that really is the impression she gives me--the one about Mr. Darcy and the smallpox.  It's why I love Dickens and dislike Austen. He has a heart and she doesn't. It's jut a subjective sense of it I have; I don't claim it as some factual insight.  

      •  Thanks for dropping the flippancy for a moment. (2+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, Youffraita

        It took me decades to appreciate Austen's keen wit, social awareness and moral sensitivity: She has an exceptionally sound mind and heart. But she does stick to her drawing rooms and picnics, so her world is less robust than Dickens', Eliot's or Tolstoy's.

        Dickens is a man of many gifts. But I find his cloying passages far more annoying than anything in Austen. As Wilde put it, you'd have to be heartless to read the death-scene of Little Nell without laughing.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 09:44:55 PM PDT

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