All the media types I’ve seen recently are saying we hoi polli are talking about nothing but MILEY. And this blog proves that her antics at the VMA Awards has had long tentacles.
I’m not writing about twerking, or whether Miley & Thicke are the new Frick & Frack, I’m writing about Daddy Issues.
<—- She’s got some serious ones, but I’m curious about DI (Daddy Issues) in the world of Austen.
Lizzie and Jane of P&P make reference to the disrespect they see in their parent’s marriage. This I’m sure affects their view of men in general. Emma and Mr. Woodhouse. Enough said. Elizabeth Elliot is the only of the Elliot daughters Sir Walter has any use for and so I have to wonder how well balanced THAT relationship is.
Laura Hile and I have talked a lot about Anne’s choice of Frederick Wentworth being very typical. Early chapters of Persuasion make it clear that Lady Elliot was drawn to Sir Walter’s handsomeness and then had a serious case of buyer’s remorse when his physical charms could no longer mask his character flaws. So, Anne is drawn to a handsome man. (We all are, but women have a wider margin of what constitutes “handsome,” and will fall in love with average men who can tell a great joke. Like I did.) Thankfully for Anne there is more than just a pleasing pelt in Captain Wentworth.
I have to wonder if Mary hypochondria is due to neglect on her parents’ part, or just the lousy English weather? And is Elizabeth inability to find a man Sir Walter’s doing or is she just waiting for her father’s doppelganger?
Are there other Austen girls with Daddy Issues you can think of?
I’m thinking Lady Susan might be a textbook all her own …
Take care–Susan Kaye