This Burns My Heart
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be bold, and mighty forces shall come to your aid
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Pip, in Great Expectations
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Shakespeare's audience
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is flipping channels (metaphorically speaking) and landing on your favorite show (metaphorically speaking).
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Madame Merle, In Portrait of a Lady
May 23, 2011Jane Austen’s talents as a social satirist and as an anthropologist of manners place her comfortably on the large scale canvas of the 18th British novel; yet, her skills as a miniaturist, as a portraitist of small, individual transactions, hint at the paradox at the heart of her genius. Austen takes the carnivalesque, more unwieldy impulses of the genre, containing a multitude of intersecting characters, of varying moral fiber, their intentions at cross-purposes, while still providing exquisitely drawn individual scenes, one after another, probably hundreds of them.
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