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12/19/11 9:45 A

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I particularly enjoy Jane Austen's very subtle sense of humor. I think she had a profound insight to human behavior in all it's diverse forms. I still snicker every time I read "Emma" and Frank Churchill gets a letter from Miss. Fairfax and he suddenly makes the excuse that he must get his hair cut. I can only picture this as some sort of 18th century text message booty call.

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12/12/08 12:51 P

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Oh, I totally agree. I love her strong characters! The way they make you feel!

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11/18/08 11:50 P

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She went against every convention there was and that's why I love her. She's so racy!

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11/15/08 2:46 P

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I love her dare to be different

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8/7/08 9:21 P

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I agree with all of you. My favorite part of JA, though, is her humor. It's the strange, British humor that most people nowadays finds confusing and ridiculous but that I love! I really love my book, Catharine and Other Writings because the things that happen in there are so far fetched that they crack me up!
I also love Jane Eyre. I think it's a great book. She was a very intense little thing. I was glad they got together in the end.
Well, sorry I don't come here very often. I love ya'll and keep keepping JA alive!!

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8/3/08 10:34 P

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Everybody given all the reasons why I love Jane Austen. She knows how to keep a plot mysterious and interesting for sure. She was way beyond her time, discussing topics that would have never been written and published, like sex before marriage, illegitimate children, elopements, and such. She delves deep into the intricacies of what's considered to be "society" and tears it apart, making convention and niceties look ridiculous. I believe she truly understood human nature and emotions to its fullest. I can't get enough of it!

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I love how easily she can help you escape into her time and place and stay there for the duration. She spins a great tale.

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2/28/08 8:11 P

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I agree that Austen is timeless. I love the humor ingests throughout out her stories. I think my favorite aspect of her writing is that every character has flaws and redeeming qualities. They are just so darn real.

I think that is what I don't like in Sanditon and why it is so obvious that the first several chapters were not ready for publishing. Most of the characters were pretty flat.

We can do this!

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2/28/08 2:05 P

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I love C.Bronte, too! But, of course, in a totally different way. The Victorian that I think has the most in common with Austen is Anthony Trollope. He's more verbose, but he also has a witty way with words and characters.

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2/28/08 1:54 P

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I love Austen's playful irony. For me, this quality comes through in her artful use of language and in her sense of humor about the human race. Her words and sentences so quickly and perfectly cut to the point, usually into someone's character. (as I flip open to S&S, "Sir John was loud in his admiration at the end of every song, and as loud in his conversation with the others while every song lasted.") But as trufflemaker points out, Austen's wit is not mean. I get the sense of "laughing with" instead of "laughing at." Or maybe it's that we can all laugh at ourselves with her. In short, when I read Austen I smile.

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2/28/08 1:21 P

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Yes, you are right - it is a totally different writing style. I just love the story.


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2/28/08 1:09 P

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I love Jane Eyre too, but this time I read it with a completely different mindset. I was much more aware of the rampant class-ism and the very Romantic writing style. She was a very intense little thing!

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I love "Jane Eyre"! Sorry didn't mean to get off subject.



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I like the sympathy with which she portrays her characters. She has a really unique way of celebrating the individuals and social conventions of the time at the same time as she points out their flaws and shortcomings. And I love her descriptions of the scenes and surroundings. Richly detailed but restrained--unlike say Jane Eyre, where the landscape is described with emotional melodrama that just seems overblown today. (I just re-read Jane Eyre).

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2/28/08 11:12 A

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She is the best writer of conversations. Back then they didn't have television, radios, movies, etc... so to entertain each other they talked. Her conversations are clever and funny.

I also think her stories are timeless. Although we can't really relate socially to her characters - we can relate psychologically to her characters.


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2/28/08 8:36 A

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For me, I think that it makes me not give up on the love, even when life presents problems, it is out there if your not willing to give up or compromise yourself. She writes with such real ideas and her heros are upstanding men, not snakes!

People may never believe what you say, . . .But they will always believe what you do!

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