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Thoughts on Pride & Prejudice, Bad Parenting & What Happens When You Reread A Book

I've been reading/re-reading some classics lately:  TRUE GRIT, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ROBINSON CRUSOE, REBECCA. Perhaps I should warn you up front I'm NOT a huge Jane Austen fan.  (Team Bronte all the way!) The first time I read Pride & Prejudice was in 8th grade.  I loved it.  I was delighted with the new-to-me discovery that 19th century English people were smartasses, too! Still delighted with that. The second time I read it (a few decades later), I was appalled by all the stupid customs and social conventions people had to put up with in those days.  Not coincidentally, I was appalled by all the stupid customs and social conventions I had to put up with at that time of my life. Still appalled. The third time I read it (a few weeks ago), what struck me most forcefully was the theme of Adult Children Overcoming The Bad Parenting To Which They Were Subjected.  That's really what the book is about as far as I'm concerned.  Not romance, not true love, not smothering

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