Monday, 9 October 2006

winchester - jane austen

While in Winchester, visited, as on previous visit, the two Jane Austen sites - the cathedral where she's buried and the house nearby where she spent the last few weeks of her life.

As with so many 19th-century authors, it was taken for granted at the time that she was a Christian (as the inscriptions make clear) and is taken equally for granted today that she wasn't. I think there is a resistance today to the idea that someone with an artistic soul could have been really a Christian, but rather was constrained by or keeping their head down in or rebelling against the Christian sea in which they found themselves swimming.

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