Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Stupid Girl

“She is a stupid girl, and has nothing to recommend her.” (VII).

Austen shows how cold-hearted Lady Susan is toward her friends and family, including her own daughter with this simple line.  In a letter between Lady Susan and her friend Alicia, Lady Susan describes her daughter’s lack of opportunity.  Lady Susan doesn’t see anything promising in her daughter, and desires to dispose of her by placing her in a boarding school. Austen disapproves of the attitudes and natures of women who belittle others, and always place themselves before others.  Lady Susan is Austen’s vehicle for commenting on the behavior of society, specifically women like Lady Susan, who are selfish and care little for others. 

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