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More Delicious Austen - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
November 7th, 2004
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More Delicious Austen

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From:ntopaa
Date:November 7th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)

that's just sweet, really... :)

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That part, in particular, did not impress me. What men don't get, in my opinion, is just how much they *are* affected by a women's look, with or without the ornaments. Most men I know haven't the slightest clue how deeply they can be affected by subtle changes in appearance, changes they won't always be totally aware of.

All the better for us women, I suppose. Wouldn’t want to give away the trade's secrets... ;)

BTW, I met an "Isabel" today. I was at awe - such people do exist!
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From:ijon
Date:November 7th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)

Re: that's just sweet, really... :)

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Well, sure, but Austen wasn't satirizing men here, but women. I'm sure she can satirize men quite well, too, even though it is a common assumption that she knew very little of men's behavior on their own.

I find her imitation of a 18th-century young dandy's speech, embodied by John Thorpe, quite credible. (the 'famous' motif, the rough-hewn 'easy' manner...)
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