Jane Austen and the French Revolution by Warren Roberts

By Warren Roberts

This e-book argues that Jane Austin did comprehend of the French Revolution and its results at the ecu global, even supposing she by no means refers to it without delay in her writing.

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The truth was that he had no interest in past ways, no commitment to tradition. Nor was. he 'amiable' in the English sense of the term, as defined by Knightley. Examples of Churchill's falsity are legion. He had not come to Highbury to see his family but because a young lady was there whom he had courted under irregular circumstances, in defiance of the social code, and in a way that compromised her and caused her great and unnecessary anguish. Having done so, he had to throw up one smoke screen after another, appear as he was not, and create a network of deceptions that was necessary to the furthering of his plans.

28 She feared the corrosive effect of French manners on English life. In the Moral Sketches of Prevailing Opinions and Manners, Foreign and Domestic, with Reflections on Prayer (1819) she contrasted the mixture of French polish, urbanity, wit, and irreverence to the more sober and plain virtues of the English. What she most admired about the English character was its solidity and durability, which she compared to an oak tree. By contrast the French character was superficial and glossy, like varnish, concealing interior flaws.

197) He wished to see his father's house and that of his father's father, and even walked the length of the street in quest of the cottage of an old woman who had nursed him, so great was his filial devotion, his sense of family continuity, and his 'good-will towards Highbury in general'. (£,197) Carefully observing Churchill, Emma decided that a young man with such feelings was indeed 'amiable', that he was not insincere as Knightley had charged, and that 'Mr. Knightley certainly had not done him justice'.

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