One can make too much of that kind of similarity, more to the point is the similarity in the nature of the two female characters. Charlotte Grandison is very, very witty and very, very bright; but she, like Elizabeth Bennet, sometimes goes beyond the pale. Either woman could get away with what might be a transgression by most others; she could do that because of her wit and attractive appearance. The characters in the novel who would defend Charlotte, try to explain away her "vivacity" and emphasize, instead, her considerable good qualities. In fact, there are a large number of worried references to that word, "vivacity", by Charlotte's friends and family. With that in mind, read this from Chapter 29 of : Mr. Collins is in the middle of his proposal to Miss Bennet when he begins to praise Lady Catherine.
First of all, there are the similarities in situation. Charlotte Grandison also had had her disappointment with a first love, a man remindful of Wickham. Also, both Charlotte Grandison and Elizabeth Bennet had the benefit of female influences that attempted to rein in their friends. In the case of Elizabeth Bennet, the sensible influence was her sister, Jane Bennet; while, in Charlotte's case, the novel's heroine, Harriet Byron attempted a similar service. Incidentally, in the first volume, Harriet - yes, not Charlotte - received two marriage proposals that may remind you of those of Mr. Collins and Darcy made to Elizabeth Bennet.
Darcy Introduced to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as a tall, handsome, self-absorbed aristocrat, Darcy experiences a change in personality and character.
should add that I am not entirely convinced that Fanny Burney wasn't a positive influence of sort for Jane Austen. I say that because the words "nature" and "probability" appear in the preface to Burney's first novel (1778). A better indication may be the fact that Jane Austen found the phrase "pride and prejudice" in another Fanny Burney novel. suggested that Dr. Johnson was a major influence for Jane Austen. If he is right, then there is an interesting connection here, because Johnson included Burney among his proteges after publication of .
The third volume is much better; the most serious defect of this final volume is the animal cruelty in Letter XXII. (Well - there is also a great deal of silly dropping to the knees in this final section by an entire range of characters: You can almost hear the thumping of bruised knees on hardwood.) The only interesting character is introduced in the third volume (the heroine and her Lord are insipid). That would be Mrs. Selwyn whom I would describe as an Elizabeth Bennet at age forty-something, widowed, and grown meaner and more cynical. Mrs. Selwyn makes me laugh, at all the intended places, and saves Burney's reputation a bit for me. Mrs. Selwyn is the only truly competent character in the entire novel; she resolves the main problem facing the heroine after several family members fail miserably at that task. Fanny Burney has her heroine describe Mrs. Selwyn in this interesting way.
Now, the underlying reason for all this is that Charlotte's father had been a real bastard - domineering, evil, and sadistic. Charlotte was subconsciously afraid that she might come under the same kind of tyranny in her marriage. Interesting? The problem became resolved in this way. One of the worst things that Charlotte would do was that every time her husband would start to voice his frustration, Charlotte would go to her harpsichord to sing and play (which, by the way, she did quite well - as well as Elizabeth Bennet would someday.) Well, on one such occasion, she was headed for the harpsichord when the husband smashed it. Bravo! He then left the room and came back only to announce that he would be gone for about a month or so on a tour that he had just planned. Charlotte then realized what she had been provoking and countered that she would then leave London herself to visit heroine Harriet during that time. However, she was also determined to make amends and so, without losing a step or a single ounce of composure, she soothed the poor man, charmed him, and then manipulated the now-happy soul into joining her in travel plans. Wonderful - the marriage was happy thereafter, as Charlotte gained more respect for the man she had actually loved all along.
My opinion is this, I believe that Jane Austen's main influence on was Samuel Richardson, while the chief influence on was Henry Fielding - or someone or some persons a good deal like Fielding. I very much like the way that Henry Austen described Richardson's influence on his sister, with special emphasis on ( and .) The plots of both () and () are themes explored in . Also, Richardson's Charlotte Grandison is bound to remind many readers of Elizabeth Bennet (, , and .) Of course, the themes and the characterization are better done by Jane Austen because our Lady was the better writer - by far. And, as Henry Austen suggests, Jane Austen had problems with Richardson and not just problems in style ( and .) Yes indeed, in terms of style, we must look elsewhere.
The main elements of the principal love story in are identical to those of Elinor Dashwood's in ; but, the focus here is on a secondary character, the hero's younger sister, Charlotte Grandison. Charlotte is wonderful and is beautifully portrayed (a far better portrayal than that of the hero, Sir Charles Grandison, or of the heroine, Harriet Byron.) Charlotte is also a good deal like Elizabeth Bennet, so you will love her.
EPITHET!? was published during the middle of the American Revolution and this quote certainly indicates some of the attitudes prevailing at that time. However, don't be fooled: Fanny Burney uses this quote to put some distance between Mrs. Selwyn and the heroine ( the author). Fanny Burney allows Mrs. Selwyn to say things that she would like to say herself but doesn't dare. I mean that Fanny Burney obviously didn't much care for men and she spoke to them through Mrs. Selwyn. I suspect that one can learn a lot about the differences between Fanny Burney and Jane Austen by comparing Mrs. Selwyn to Elizabeth Bennet. Another important basis for comparison would be the very different way the two women develop male characters; there will be no web site devoted to Fanny Burney anytime soon. In any case, Fanny Burney earns the right to be called a Jane-Austen influence in this third volume
Charlotte Grandison was introduced into the world about sixty years before Elizabeth Bennet. It is well known that Jane Austen was familiar with , had even committed large sections to memory. In fact, the adolescent Jane Austen annually celebrated the wedding anniversaries of Harriet and Charlotte. It wasn't just Austen that was enthralled in this way, her mother and nieces were also so inclined. There are extant letters by Mrs. Austen in which she quotes, verbatim, from . That novel was an important part of Austen-family culture.
Austen is very clear in setting up the social classes of the characters and immediately portrays why the book is titled "Pride and Prejudice." Though the more specific example of Pride and Prejudice is that of Elizabeth and Darcy, and how they first view each other.
In one of her masterpieces, Pride and Prejudice, we especially see Austen’s brilliant characterizations into play that speak volumes of insight into society and human nature....