By John Sutherland
The fascinating sequel to the drastically winning Is Heathcliff A Murderer?, John Sutherland's newest choice of literary puzzles, Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? turns up unforeseen and brain-teasing features of the diversity of canonical British and American fiction represented within the World's Classics record. With daring resourceful hypothesis he investigates thirty-four literary conundrums, starting from Daniel Defoe to Virginia Woolf. protecting concerns way past the stern confines of Victorian fiction, Sutherland explores the questions readers usually ask yet critics hardly talk about: Why does Robinson Crusoe locate just one footprint? How does Magwitch swim to shore with a very good iron on his leg? the place does Fanny Hill retain her contraceptives? Whose facet is Hawkeye on? and the way does Clarissa Dalloway get domestic so quick? As in its universally good bought predecessor, the questions and solutions in Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? are inventive and convincing, and go back the reader with new admire to the good novels they have a good time.
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The pug's miniaturized 'bulldog* lineaments rendered it not just fashionable in the late eighteenth century but—at a period of war with France—patriotic. Like the 'Blenheim spaniel' which Tory Mrs Transome has in Felix Holt, the pug made a political statement, in an acceptably feminine way. The main events of Mansfield Park are commonly taken to be set between 1805 and 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars,3 and the novel opens with the dating phrase: 'About thirty years ago . ' It would seem that Lady Bertram (who after the birth of her children never can be troubled to go to London during the season) has retained the tastes of her youth, when she was the belle who captivated Sir Thomas Bertram of Mansfield Park.
54). According to her skimped version of events, Charles (who has just learned that Fanny is with child) is kidnapped by his father and put on a boat leaving Fanny Hill 15 that hour for the South Seas where a rich uncle has just died. He is not allowed to dispatch any messages (or money) back to shore. Although it is said that he later sends letters, they all 'miscarry'. Implausible, one might think. Fanny learns from a maid that Charles has left the country and that any attempt to communicate with him is hopeless.
On the third occasion, it emerges she does want the bishopric. A month later they are secretly married. Eight months after the marriage, Blifil is born (p. 69). Did young Summer, like Blifil, impregnate the spinster with a view to guaranteeing Allworthy's acquiescence to an otherwise unpropitious match? Summer leaves no residue in the early part of the narrative—although he must have died shortly before the story opens and as an adoptive 'son' to Allworthy must have been a heavy loss. The secret birth of Tom Jones is just plausible, given the absence of Allworthy, Wilkins, and the personal maid.
Can Jane Eyre Be Happy?: More Puzzles in Classic Fiction by John Sutherland