From the Garret to the Garden: Courtship, Personality, and Location in Jane Austen
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Jane Austen, as a master of the courtship novel, uses locations and settings to enhance the logistics of her characters' courtships. The interior (drawing rooms, dinners, and balls) and exterior (countryside, gardens, and towns and cities) settings enrich and complement each courting couple's individual and collective personalities and foreshadows the location and success of the marriage proposal. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion demonstrate the relevance of location to the personalities, compatibility, courtships, and marriage proposals of four couples: Jane Bennet and ...