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Questions tagged [jane-austen]

Questions about the works of the English novelist Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) and her life as a writer.

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In Persuasion,By Jane Austen: About a Conversation between Anne and Mrs. Smith

I am not able to comprehend this paragraph? If anybody could help me understand the meaning of this paragraph it would be very helpful. But Mr. Elliot was not done with. Mrs. Smith had been carried ...
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What is Mr Elliot's “early prepossession” in Jane Austen's “Persuasion”?

Excerpt from chapter 21 from Jane Austen's Persuasion: She felt a great deal of good-will towards him. In spite of the mischief of his attentions, she owed him gratitude and regard, perhaps ...
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What makes Elizabeth Bennet “life-like” in “Pride and Prejudice”?

This is an essay prompt from my literature class: "The women in Jane Austen's novels are more life-like than men". How far is this comment applicable to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice? What ...
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Persuasion by Jane Austen: Why were Anne and Lady Russell talking about curtains when they saw Captain Wentworth passing by?

From chapter 19 of Persuasion by Jane Austen: At last, Lady Russell drew back her head. ‘Now, how would she speak of him?’ ‘You will wonder,’ said she, ‘what has been fixing my eye so long; ...
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Why did Mr. Elliot have to decide whose boots were thickest in “Persuasion”?

This is from chapter 19 of Jane Austen's Persuasion: The rain was a mere trifle, and Anne was most sincere in preferring a walk with Mr Elliot. But the rain was also a mere trifle to Mrs Clay; she ...
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In Persuasion, why does Anne feel “ashamed” before being able to “safely suggest” Louisa?

This is from chapter 18 of Persuasion by Jane Austen. This is when Admiral Croft tries to mention Anne about the possible alliance of Louisa Musgrove and Captain Benwick. Anne had been ashamed to ...
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Doubts concerning Chapter 15 of “Persuasion” by Jane Austen

I am having trouble understanding a passage in Chapter 15 of Jane Austen's Persuasion. This chapter describes Mr. Elliot's renewal of acquaintance with his family, from whom he was previously somewhat ...
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Meaning of a passage in “Persuasion” by Jane Austen

Please refer to this extract from chapter 14 of Jane Austen's Persuasion: Elizabeth’s last letter had communicated a piece of news of some interest. Mr Elliot was in Bath. He had called in Camden ...
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Pride and Prejudice: Why did Elizabeth think “my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me”?

In chapter 43 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, when Elizabeth visits Pemberley with her aunt Mrs. Gardiner, she looks at the splendour of Pemberley, and thinks: “And of this place, I might ...
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Why don't Mr. Bennet's daughters get to inherit the Longbourn estate?

In the book Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Collins comments that Lady Catherine de Bourgh's daughter will one day inherit the de Bourgh fortune. From previous chapters, we know that the five daughters of ...
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Meaning of “moralize over every morning visit” in Pride and Prejudice

In the final chapter of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen writes Mary was the only daughter who remained at home; and she was necessarily drawn from the pursuit of accomplishments by Mrs. Bennet's ...
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What does Mr Darcy refer to when objecting to Mr Bennet's “want of propriety”?

In Mr Darcy's letter to Elizabeth, he writes: The situation of your mother's family, though objectionable, was nothing in comparison of that total want of propriety so frequently, so almost ...
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In Mansfield Park, why did Maria Bertram and Henry Crawford get together?

I just finished reading Mansfield Park, and so far after (5 books) it is my favorite. However there are some things which I may unintentionally skip over. I understand that Maria was a selfish person ...
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Can you explain the financial situation of Edward and Elinor Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility?

First, let me start by saying that English is not my first language; thus, I am really struggling to understand the language used in such classic novels as those of Jane Austen's. I've just finished ...
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In Pride and Prejudice, what is meant by the phrase 'at York'?

In Chaper 20 of Pride and Prejudice, after Lizzy refuses to marry Mr Collins, Mrs Bennet says of her: "There she comes... looking as unconcerned as may be, and caring no more for us than if we ...
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What specific criticisms did Mark Twain make against Jane Austen's books?

It's pretty well known that Mark Twain was rather vitriolic against Jane Austen, saying things like: I go so far as to say that any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane ...