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  1. I adored the novel but thought the entire ending,...

    I adored the novel but thought the entire ending, from Anna's suicide onward, was less than convincing because Tolstoy verges on preaching. Nevertheless, when life seems hard, many do abandon...
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    I content myself that those attitudes are are...

    I content myself that those attitudes are are consistent with the culture around Mansfield Park. Such attitudes may not be shared by much of Jane Austen's England or Jane herself.



    Yes, I too...
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    I commented to the extent you reflected on...

    I commented to the extent you reflected on Mansfield Park, Jesus or Jane Austen.



    Novels portray moral climate derived from when and where they are set.



    Quite so, but we try.
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    You may have noticed that I only address...

    You may have noticed that I only address Mansfield Park within the context of the novel. How attitudes and behaviours in the novel would translate—would fare—in some culture in today's world is of...
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    As you say, repentance may not have saved Maria...

    As you say, repentance may not have saved Maria from banishment. Tellingly, the sole objection to Maria's banishment comes from the morally bereft Mrs Norris...and yourself! Henry Crawford and the...
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    Hardly. Maria had destroyed her own...

    Hardly.


    Maria had destroyed her own character, and he would not, by a vain attempt to restore what never could be restored, by affording his sanction to vice, or in seeking to lessen its...
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    Maria banishes herself by her scandalous...

    Maria banishes herself by her scandalous behaviour. Morality that rules in polite society does not, of course, bind the elite – either then or now. People do change little.



    I simply meant...
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    You are not a clergyman; nor do you share the...

    You are not a clergyman; nor do you share the zeitgeist of Edmund's Georgian world. Place yourself in his position, in his and Austen's world.



    Love (infatuation) is blind: Fanny is not.


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    I see kindness and love as synonyms here. Was...

    I see kindness and love as synonyms here. Was Jesus kind? If Jesus is God and God is love, the answer is surely, "Yes."

    Henrik Ibsen addresses this Love thy neighbour question, in its extreme...
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    Truly fascinating are the Austen's quotes you...

    Truly fascinating are the Austen's quotes you provide. Never in doubt that the young woman who wrote Pride and Prejudice was capable of dazzling irony and self-deprecating humour. Like the...
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    Maybe Austen, herself, had a puritanical streak.

    Maybe Austen, herself, had a puritanical streak.
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    Perhaps they objected because they knew Uncle, at...

    Perhaps they objected because they knew Uncle, at work in the Caribbean, would not have approved of such entertainment in his home.
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    I suppose we are approaching the reign of Queen...

    I suppose we are approaching the reign of Queen Victoria with all its prudery and decorum but a better explanation may be found in the questionable flirting the play encouraged: in particular,...
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    Fitness, even then, was a lifestyle choice.

    Fitness, even then, was a lifestyle choice.
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    Miss Crawford's opinions are hardly reliable.

    Miss Crawford's opinions are hardly reliable.
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    Fascinating. Thank you.

    Fascinating. Thank you.
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    Since I intend to move to Linux, I have begun...

    Since I intend to move to Linux, I have begun using Libre Office and Thunderbird. It is quite a challenge to produce ° or — without resorting to Windows Special Characters through the Alt key, but I...
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    While the second generation may seem to escape,...

    While the second generation may seem to escape, the crucial interest remains to the end with the heroic Catherine, dying in protest against the unfairness of human existence: hers and ours. How...
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    Schneider's diagnosis, at Myshkin's first and...

    Schneider's diagnosis, at Myshkin's first and second asylum sojourn, is full measure of his ignorance and Dostoyevsky's expansive irony.

    As the crucial Chapter 6 ends, Prince Myshkin leaves...
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    A Happy New Year to all.



    What’s in a name? To me, "enfeebled and humiliated" well describes PTSD - label it what you will - a condition that, for millennia, has followed high trauma in the...
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    If Dostoyevsky really did make the faith choice...

    If Dostoyevsky really did make the faith choice he, like Job of old, would have felt doubt.

    While Ivan Karamozov is crushed by despair, Myshkin's experience is qualitatively different. He is...
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    Fascinating, your last post #67. Sorry if I was...

    Fascinating, your last post #67. Sorry if I was rather too terse, so here is an elaboration that I hope is clearer.




    That the way is idiotically narrow and can achieve nothing is precisely...
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    A fascinating last post. That the way is...

    A fascinating last post.



    That the way is idiotically narrow and can achieve nothing is precisely what the devil, in The Grand Inquisitor, would have us believe.



    I disagree, as would...
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    I particularly enjoyed Netochka Nezvanova, The...

    I particularly enjoyed Netochka Nezvanova, The Village of Stepanchikovo, The Gambler and The Eternal Husband.
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    I fear we are at cross-purposes. :frown5: ...

    I fear we are at cross-purposes. :frown5:

    You and JCamillo seem more focused on themes arising from the text whereas I dwell on the text itself so that my views change only as direct textual...
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