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Read online Persuasion by Jane Austen, Fiction, Classics.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Persuasion by Jane Austen, Fiction, Classics Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot s character vanity of person and of situation He had been remarkably handsome in his youth and at fifty four was still a very fine man Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did nor could the valet of any new made lord be more delighted with the place he held in society He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy and the Sir Walter Elliot who united these gifts was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion His good looks and his rank had one fair claim on his attachment since to them he must have owed a wife of very superior character to anything deserved by his own by Jane Austen

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Persuasion by Jane Austen, Fiction, Classics
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a href https www goodreads com book show lady susan the watsons sanditon rel nofollow alternate cover edition a br br i She has poured forth her tender tale of love in vain and exposed herself forever to the contempt of the whole world i br br These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles from melodrama to satire and exploring a range of social classes and settings The early epistolary novel i Lady Susan i depicts an unscrupulous coquette toying with the affections of several men In contrast i The Watsons i is a delightful fragment whose spirited heroine Emma Watson finds her marriage opportunities restricted by poverty and pride Written in the last months of Austen s life the uncompleted novel i Sanditon i is set in a newly established seaside resort with a glorious cast of hypochondriacs and speculators and shows the author contemplating a changing society with a mixture of scepticism and amusement br br Margaret Drabble s introduction examines these three works in the context of Jane Austen s major novels and her life and discusses the social background of her fiction This edition features a new chronology br br In it i Sanditon i she exploits her greatest gifts her management of dialogue and her skill with monologue The book feels open and modern as vigorous and inventive as her earlier work CAROL SHIELDS, i Northanger Abbey i is often referred to as Jane Austen s Gothic parody Decrepit castles locked rooms mysterious chests cryptic notes and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air but one with a decidedly satirical twist br br The story s heroine is Catherine Morland an innocent seventeen year old woman from a country parsonage While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney who invites her to visit his family estate Northanger Abbey Once there Catherine a great reader of Gothic thrillers lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry s mother Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey Can she trust Henry or is he part of an evil conspiracy Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art, Northanger Abbey depicts the misadventures of Catherine Morland young ingenuous and mettlesome and an indefatigable reader of gothic novels Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forlorn heroines in isolated settings What could be more remote from the uneventful securities of life in the midland counties of England Yet as Austen brilliantly contrasts fiction with reality ordinary life takes a more sinister turn and edginess and circumspection are reaffirmed alongside comedy and literary burlesque br Also including Austen s other short fictions Lady Susan The Watsons and Sanditon this valuable new edition shows her to be as innovative at the start of her career as at its close, Witty wise enduring and treasured the seven great novels of Jane Austen Few novelists have conveyed the subtleties and nuances of their own social milieu with the wit and insight of Jane Austen Through her vivacious and spirited heroines and their circle she paints vivid portraits of English middle class life as the eighteenth century came to a close The seven novels in this omnibus edition contain some of the most brilliant dazzling prose in the English language Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice Mansfiled Park Emma Northanger Abbey Persuasion Lady Susan