McDonald, Irene B. 22 (2001).
Galperin, W., ed. "Re-reading Box Hill: reading the practice of reading everyday life." Six articles on the Box Hill scene in . by Michael Gamer. "Part of my aim is simply to show its complexity of signification, particularly the degree to which Austen frustrates even the most fundamental acts of interpretation and upsets rudimentary correspondences between signifiers and apparent signifieds." by George Levine. "Perhaps the most difficult thing for a modern reader of to do is to take it straight, to accept Mr. Knightley as the moral authority the story seems to make him." by Deidre Lynch, who sees the scene as an acting out of several contradictory imperatives of nationhood and British identity. by Adam Potkey, who traces Austen's stated preferences for Cowper and Johnson in pursuing issues of theatricality and display, to an ultimately deconstructive result. by W. Walling, who considers the problem of anachronism, especially as it relates to views that either praise Austen's progressivism or bemoan her cultural limitations. by Susan J. Wolfson, who offers a close reading of the episode and its ramification in . Wolfson contends it demonstrates that the character of Miss Bates is essential to a shifting idea of community in the novel. (2001).
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Huggins, Cynthia E., ed. A list of recommended books and articles on the governess in Victorian society and Victorian novels. At the Victorian Web.
Barton Park is a very open and elegant home, and Sir John and his wife are never without a good many guests. Sir John's sole occupation is hunting, and his wife's is raising their children; they have guests and travel to otherwise entertain themselves. Sir John is genuinely fond of the Dashwood girls, since they are pretty and "unaffected," as he calls them; he is kind to them out of the goodness of his heart, and enjoys their company.
Gilbert, Deirdre E. in and Beyond." 20 (1999).
Capitani, Diane. Provides economic and political details about slavery in the West Indies, as context for Sir Thomas Bertram's Antigua plantation. 23 (2002).
Wiesenfarth, Joseph. 20 (1999).
Sir John Middleton seems to symbolize the best of upper class society, while his wife represents the usual rich person. While Sir John is genuinely kind and enjoys having guests and socializing, his wife is more preoccupied with elegance, planning suitably impressive gatherings, and being generally polite company. Lady Middleton is dull and plain, like many of the upper class; she may be polite, elegant, and refined, but as Austen observes, she also seems to have had the life polished out of her. Sir John, while more of an anomaly, manages to combine the riches and pursuits of the upper class with real friendliness and personality; he might represent what this class of people could be, if not preoccupied with vanity and appearances to an overwhelming extent.
Dinkler, Michal Beth. 25 (2004).
, their landlord and Mrs. Dashwood's cousin, soon comes to visit; he is very kind, and glad to see that they are there, and somewhat settled. He invites them up to dine at Barton Park until they are more at home, and insists that they visit him often there. comes to visit them the next day; she is Sir John's wife, very elegant, though far more cold and reserved than her very friendly husband. After her visit, they are invited to Barton Park the next day, and accept the invitation.
Ellwood, Gracia Fay. 22 (2001).
Wingard, Sara. How Austen's use of the seasonal cycle as narrative framework links her to both the eighteenth century and the Romantic period. 11 (1989).
Rytting, Jenny Rebecca. 22 (2001).
It seems very strange that Marianne and Elinor regard the 35-year-old Colonel Brandon as being an old bachelor; but, it is easy to forget that they are 17 and 19 respectively, and that life expectancy was shorter back then. Marriages were usually made at a younger age as well, at least for women. But, Marianne regards Colonel Brandon's age with such exaggeration that it makes Marianne look quite silly and naïve. She comments to herself on Colonel Brandon's "advanced state of life" as if he were a man of sixty or seventy, and Austen's wry tone in communicating this thought makes Marianne's misjudgment quite humorous.