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  •  I mean that she wasn't honest or true (4+ / 0-)
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    Jane Austen lived during a time of great international upheaval. The country was in a massive debate over slavery, not to mention huge troubles with France and America. Yet you'd never know it from her writing. Only one of her novels barely touched on the Atlantic Slave Trade and colonialism, and in Pride & Prejudice, she treats the soldiers who are stationed there like they are on holiday. I find it difficult to believe that a woman who could discern human nature the way she so obviously could could be so completely blind or ignorant of what was actually going on around her.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 08:25:23 AM PST

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