Thank you for your close and acute reading of both the original in this critique. This type of critique is of course highly fashionable right now, and in fact has been for a while. I remember people trashing Bronte in the early 90s after reading Wide Sargasso Sea. It’s a delicate operation to read 19th century literature with a modern sensibility and to analyze it according to ideas they were not aware of in their time.

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