Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet?: Further Puzzles in Classic by John Sutherland

By John Sutherland

During this sequel to his renowned works Is Heathcliff a assassin? and will Jane Eyre Be Happy?, John Sutherland unravels thirty-four new literary puzzles, once more combining erudition with daring investigative hypothesis. as well as those new conundrums, Professor Sutherland revisits a few prior puzzles with the aid of readers who provide their very own creative ideas and who set clean puzzles for exploration. Victorian drug behavior, railway structures, sanitation and dentistry are just some of the info that make clear the explanations and situations of a few of literature's most famed characters. Elizabeth Bennet, Betsey Trotwood, count number Dracula, Anna Karenina, Alice and plenty of extra come below the highlight in John Sutherland's hugely interesting assortment. Bringing sturdy humor and reliable feel again to literary feedback, Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet? deals scintillating forensic routines which are as compelling because the plots they dissect.

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There is a puzzle underlying this interesting tangle, pointed out to me by Kathleen Glancy: How could there be a report in Meryton about anyone, much less one of Mrs Bennet's daughters, getting married, which has not reached the ears of Mrs Bennet herself? It can't have done or her attitude to Darcy would have undergone its dramatic metamorphosis far sooner than it does. Her sister Mrs Philips can't have heard it either, for she would have passed it on to Mrs Bennet at once. It is all the more amazing because it is known to Sir William and Lady Lucas.

As Professor Nicholas observes: In spite of the weather, a fire had been kept going 'all the morning' at the Abbey, in preparation for Mr Woodhouse's arrival, and its 'slight remains' were still hot enough for Frank Churchill to sit as far away from them as possible when he arrived in the late afternoon. Emma is on Mr Knightley's ground [Abbey-Mill Farm is clearly close to Donwell Abbey], able to look both down to the farm and up to the Abbey. Perhaps the two are conflated in her idyllic vision (or maybe there was another damp-fearing hypochondriac living at the farm).

But since then, we gather, great sadness has supervened: Rob Roy 35 How I sped in my wooing, Will Tresham, I need not tell you. You know, too, how long and happily I lived with Diana. You know how I lamented her. But you do not—cannot know, how much she deserved her husband's sorrow, (p. 452) This is tantalizing. Has Diana died? Has she run away? Fallen into madness? Why, after a long and happy marriage, should Frank feel such 'sorrow' for his departed wife—if she is indeed departed and was his wife.

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