With Such Words
if you aren't a hypocrite, your moral standards aren't high enough
Mansfield Park: Chapter 16 
19th-Jun-2013 09:54 pm
talibusorabat: A young Indian woman rolls her eyes (Dil Bole Hadippa: Eyeroll)
Chapter 15

Very little to say, honestly, except I'm ready to be done with the play stuff. Different era, different social mores, I get that, but understanding doesn't help me enjoy it any better.

I like and sympathize with Fanny, but I am pretty much done with Edmund. His willful emotional blindness, his pestering of Fanny for her approval... He irks me. As a human being. He's a very well written, realistic, developed human being, and one that I find I do not like.

20th-Jun-2013 03:16 am (UTC)
tigerlily: Kendra skeptical with a sword (Kendra skeptical with a sword)
Quite accidentally, I found out that Jane Austen and her family like to do plays. So as to enjoy this better, I'm speculating that maybe the whole 'plays are bad' thing is just a superconservative position Sir Thomas would have, so all the moral outrage is due to his influence on their views and to their fear of him. And the only thing that makes it really bad is the pretext it provides for certain characters.

Strangely enough, the way Edmund is described at the beginning made him sound really likeable in an atypical way. But Edmund's behavior as the novel continues is irritating.

At least the play will be wrapped up in the next three to four chapters, and then there will only be a few more before the second half of the book! I don't hate the first half anymore, but I look forward to the part where it really picked up for me.
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