A Lover's Complaint: A Poem (HarperPerennial Classics) by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

A tender lady tells of her seduction and abandoment through a tender guy who proves to be unworthy of her attraction and sweetness.

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Austen's artistic inventiveness and strong aesthetic sense have prevented the novel from seeming too wintry. Part of the effect lies in what might be called the folding structure, whereby the novel is divided into two—like a hinged toothpick-case, one might add, though perhaps the story might also be compared to the 'scissars' (sic) which Edward picks up aimlessly but erotically (p. 273). The novel tells two stories, which work against and with each xxxvi Introduction other. Yet we have to go through one to get to the other.

He did not stipulate for any particular sum, my dear Fanny; he only requested me, in general terms, to assist them, and make their situation more comfortable than it was in his power to do. Perhaps it would have been as well if he had left it wholly to myself. He could hardly suppose I should neglect them. But as he required the promise, I could not do less than give it: at least I thought so at the time. The promise, therefore, was given, and must be performed.

Colonel Brandon and Marianne turn out to be suited after all because they are both second children (the younger in a same-sex pair) and both are marrying a second attachment. Edward is now an honorary second, rescued from the world of narrowness which is primacy. Robert is really a scapegoat, and Edward an escapee. The sorrows and fears arising not only out of human desire and weakness but also out of the social context which abuses desires and creates weakness are at an end, at least for this story.

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