Jane Austen (was a whole lot of re that I snipped off

Paul Andinach pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Fri Jun 8 00:59:04 EDT 2001

On Thu, 7 Jun 2001, Melissa Proffitt wrote:

> The point being that he was most irritated when he felt that she
> wasn't giving a fair picture of the other side.  Austen seems not to
> even consider that Mary might be really ill; she mercilessly exposes
> Mary as a malingerer and a social climber.  If you're on Mary's
> side, this is very nasty stuff.

I don't know the book of which you speak well enough to make
deliberate comment, but this doesn't make sense to me: surely, if Mary
is a malingerer and a social climber, then she should be treated as

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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