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Sir William Lucas And The Benefits Of Benign Authorial Providence

One of the more intriguing mysteries of Pride & Prejudice relates to the question of who “betrayed” Elizabeth Bennet to Lady Catherine De Burgh. Various people have tried their hand at unraveling this mystery, and the sorts of solutions we … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane Austen: A Beginner’s Guide

Jane Austen: A Beginner’s Guide, by Rob Abbott I am by no means a beginner to Jane Austen, having read her books and books about them starting in high school and continuing since then. Nevertheless, it is always interesting to … Continue reading

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What John Really Wanted You To Know In John 20:1-10

Yesterday I had the chance to teach Sabbath school and talk about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its importance, and one of the things that struck me was what John most wanted to communicate. It is always interesting to … Continue reading

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In Praise Of Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park consistently comes up as the least favorite Jane Austen novel to many readers who greatly dislike Fanny Price, especially when she is compared to the more sparkling heroines of Austen’s body of work. In general, it may be … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Improvement Of The Estate

The Improvement Of The Estate: A Study Of Jane Austen’s Novels, by Alistair M. Duckworth Although this book is by no means a new study, it remains one of the more important studies of Austen’s novels because it takes her … Continue reading

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Ordinary Villainy, Or How I Learned To Appreciate The Moralizing Of Realistic Fiction

One of the aspects of realistic fiction that is often appreciated by literary scholars is that realistic fiction is less moralistic than melodrama, which often explicitly punished those characters that transgressed moral and social codes. Yet there is still moralizing … Continue reading

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Mostly True Tales?

Recently I read a book that tried to present itself as being a true story of a particular person whose name is not necessarily well known but who had an important role in bringing a particular animal to the consciousness … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part Three

Previously, we have discussed the need to defend bad novels in general as well as the worth that bad novels have in providing worthwhile questions that deserve answers. It is important at this point to consider that there are still … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part Two

In order to better understand the purposes and worth of literature that one might have several grounds to disparage and criticize, it is worthwhile to point out some of the ways that people seek to compare different types of literature. … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part One

Yesterday, as I write this, I had a conversation with someone at church about some of the books I have been reading recently and I commented that I was disappointed with some novels that I had read by an author … Continue reading

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