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[Mrs] Pole


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Jane Austen : Mansfield Park

'Mrs Pole wrote, "There is a particular satisfaction in reading all Miss A-s works - they are so evidently written by a Gentlewoman - most Novellists [sic] fail & betray themselves in attempting to describe familiar scenes in high Life, some little vulgarism escapes & shews that they are not experimentally acquainted with what they describe, but here it is quite different. Everything is natural, & the situations & incidents are told in a manner which clearly evinces the Writer to [italics] belong [end italics] to the Society whose Manners she so ably delineates." Mrs Pole also said that no Books had ever occasioned so much canvassing & doubt, & that everybody was desirous to attribute them to some of their own friends, or to some person of whom they thought highly.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: [Mrs] Pole      Print: Book


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