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  1. Apr 2019
    1. if Charlotte understood it at all, not very moral; and being moreover by no means pleased with his extraordinary style of compliment

      Here Charlotte sounds remarkably reminiscent of Fanny in Austen's Mansfield Park. Only seldom do Austen's heroines so pointedly critique the morality of fellow characters. Furthermore, both Fanny and Charlotte criticize the morality of character's choices in literature.

    2. agreeing to walk,

      The conversation that takes place between Sir Edward and Charlotte is highly reminiscent of the conversation between Catherine and the Tilney siblings in Austen's Northanger Abbey. Both take place during a walk overlooking the sea and focus on a discussion of famous literary works of the time.

    3. 'Oh! Woman in our hours of ease

      Although Austen has not shied away from using other writers' work before, this is the first time she breaks her own narrative to insert direct quotes of theirs, emphasizing both the strangeness and awkwardness of Sir Edward's impassioned rant.

    4. For though I am only the dowager, my dear, and he is the heir, things do not stand between us in the way they commonly do between those two parties.

      Lady Denham and Sir Edward are in a similar situation to Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Darcy in Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Similarly, Lady Denham goes on to take an active role in Sir Edward's marital prospects, as well as urging the heroine not to pursue him, though perhaps in less aggressive terms than Lady Catherine to Lizzie Bennet.

    5. for Sir Edward must marry for money

      In a stark reversal from Pride and Prejudice, in this work Lady Denham suggests the man must marry for money instead of the heroine. This seems to flip the standard Austen plot revolving around the 'marriage market' on its head, and would surely have created conflict later on in the novel had Austen completed it.

  2. Feb 2019
    1. Oft have I wished the peaceful covert mine.

      This is the end of the second part because it finishes the description of the cottage and its surroundings and begins the description of the poet

    2. The task of new discoveries falls on me.

      End of part 1 because it finishes the introduction and begins the description of the cottage

    3. general representatives