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This is an interesting point, Leenie. Miss Bates definitely gives little hints to the mystery of what’s really going on in the book. It is pretty hard for me to read an entire passage of her dialogue, though. Modern readers are definitely too spoiled for that sort of thing, so it’s not a technique we authors can employ in quite the same way as Austen did. I do know plenty of people like Miss Bates, however. Jane Austen’s dialogue is more true to nature than most of the dialogue modern authors write. We have to write what’s interesting and pertinent. Hers, while sometimes pertinent, seemed to mimic actual human speech.
I do like that Miss Bates is a cheerful, positive person. I love how she compliments people even though that’s considered rude, and I love how she expresses gratitude and delight so frequently. I have a friend who’s very much like her, and it always cheers me up to spend time with her. For me, it’s much easier to listen to someone ramble on if I’m speaking face to face with them. Reading their ramblings, however, is much more difficult for me.
I have never thought about Ms. Bates as a passer of information that would normally be a bit boring, that is a clever trick of Jane’s. I read all of her babble a do glean bits of imforation from it but never did I once feel that it was intentional, I just assumed she was just another character to add to the back of things or to introduce Jane Fairfax into the mix. I now see her speeches very differently indeed 🙂
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