Sunday, 21 January 2007

Karl Ben - Men's View of Accomplishment in Jane Austen's Women

Karl Ben is very accomplished, in the way women are in the minds of men in Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'.

Mr Bingley remarked "It is amazing to me ... how young ladies can have patience to be so very accomplished, as they all are ... They all paint tables, cover skreens and net purses. I scarcely know anyone who cannot do all this" (Jane Austen's spellings).

Ben can stand in streams, wearing swimmers:

and kneel in the very same streams WITHOUT swimmers:

lean against waterfalls:

or just stand up, unsupported:

and even do a forward leaning variation on standing up unsupported:

But we are more modern and liberated - we would like Ben to be able to do much more.

Mr Darcy retorts to Mr Bingley "All this she must possess ... and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading"?

Is this what we have in mind for Ben to do? Or something else?


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