By Sheryl Craig, Eckersley

ISBN-10: 1137544554

ISBN-13: 9781137544551

ISBN-10: 1349564338

ISBN-13: 9781349564330

Jane Austen and the country of the country explores Jane Austen's references to politics and to political economics and concludes that Austen used to be a liberal Tory who remained constant in her political schedule all through her profession as a novelist. learn with this old historical past, Austen's books come to be state-of-the-nation or political novels.

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Percival with equal warmth, tho’ perhaps less argument, as vehemently asserted that the whole Nation would speedily be ruined, and everything as she expressed herself be at sixes & sevens. (MW W 212) While Mrs. Percival provides no evidence to justify her prediction of the imminent collapse of the economy, Mr. Stanley dismisses Britain’s real and pressing problems, such as deficit spending for the war, the unprecedented national debt, high unemployment, and widespread poverty. As everyone was well aware, the flood of British immigrants to America and the transportation of petty thieves, many of them children, to Australia suggested that all was not well at home.

Stanley are together, they represent the two opposing, extremist viewpoints of Parliament, and they are unable to refrain from beginning “their usual conversation on Politics”: This was a subject on which they could never agree, for Mr. Stanley who considered himself as perfectly qualified by his Seat in the House, to decide on it without hesitation, resolutely maintained that the Kingdom had not for ages been in so flourishing & prosperous a state, and Mrs. Percival with equal warmth, tho’ perhaps less argument, as vehemently asserted that the whole Nation would speedily be ruined, and everything as she expressed herself be at sixes & sevens.

While Members of the House of Commons repeatedly proposed, deliberated, debated, 40 Jane Austen and the State of the Nation and then rejected, Britons were becoming increasingly embittered by Parliament’s apparent apathy. According to historian John Archer, the government’s prolonged dithering caused “a turnabout in popular sentiment” (61), a growing skepticism of the political power structure: “Increasingly, many people began to view the authorities with distrust,” just as Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters learn that John Dashwood is not to be relied on.

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