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14 May 2016 @ 10:28 pm
Is anybody still here?  I'm sorry to have disappeared for years.  Anyway, I'm back, and always eager to talk about Jane Austen and specifically Northanger Abbey.  I'm now the coordinator for my local region of the Jane Austen Society of North America, so I'm always searching for discussion topics for meetings.  I'd be delighted to hear some of your ideas and suggestions.

If anybody's keen to discuss the late Mrs. Tilney, I'm particularly interested in her at the moment, and what her loss means to the other characters in the novel.  Among other things, her death singles out Eleanor Tilney as the only major female character in Austen's novels who doesn't at least have a mother-figure to oversee her teenage years and young womanhood.  Why does Jane Austen do this, and how does it impact the book as a whole?
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