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    I loved the late Schubert piano trio towards the...

    I loved the late Schubert piano trio towards the end of "Barry Lyndon".

    As for Handel, I adore his operas. From Julius Caesar, for instance:


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    Doesn't Jane leave because, she learns, Rochester...

    Doesn't Jane leave because, she learns, Rochester is married?
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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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    Thick indeed. Ellis Bell! :)

    Thick indeed. Ellis Bell! :)
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    I love Wuthering Heights. The novel consistently...

    I love Wuthering Heights. The novel consistently transcends the lives of its characters and speaks to an unlimited universe of angst, suffering and emotional pain. Heathcliff and the first...
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    I loved Mansfield Park, read recently, as much as...

    I loved Mansfield Park, read recently, as much as Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. Fanny is sublime.

    Mary Crawfords's "two poor young men less in the world" may be a joke but, with Tom...
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    There is a simpler explanation for the response...

    There is a simpler explanation for the response Jesus makes to the Canaanite woman: it is not right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs. Jesus challenges her with what she, her...
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    Why? To quote scripture, "Vanity of vanities,...

    Why? To quote scripture, "Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity." Why not?

    Smerdyakov's nihilistic suicide note, "I exterminate my life by my own will and liking, so as not to...
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    George Eliot’s novel, I now learn, is well-nigh an autobiography of her childhood. Knowing that, gives me confidence that the ending is Ibsen-like rather than trite, as so many seem to think.
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