By John Sutherland

ISBN-10: 019283309X

ISBN-13: 9780192833099

ISBN-10: 019283603X

ISBN-13: 9780192836038

ISBN-10: 0585362122

ISBN-13: 9780585362120

The intriguing sequel to the significantly profitable Is Heathcliff A Murderer?, John Sutherland's most modern selection of literary puzzles, Can Jane Eyre be at liberty? turns up unforeseen and brain-teasing elements of the variety of canonical British and American fiction represented within the World's Classics checklist. With daring resourceful hypothesis he investigates thirty-four literary conundrums, starting from Daniel Defoe to Virginia Woolf. protecting concerns way past the stern confines of Victorian fiction, Sutherland explores the questions readers frequently ask yet critics hardly talk about: Why does Robinson Crusoe locate just one footprint? How does Magwitch swim to shore with a very good iron on his leg? the place does Fanny Hill retain her contraceptives? Whose aspect is Hawkeye on? and the way does Clarissa Dalloway get domestic so fast? As in its universally good got predecessor, the questions and solutions in Can Jane Eyre be at liberty? are creative and convincing, and go back the reader with new recognize to the good novels they rejoice.

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Every schoolboy would have a sniggering awareness of the double entendre in Mr Dick's name. Joss Lutz Marsh, in a perceptive article,3 notes another interesting echofromFanny Hill in Dickens's Dombey and Son. When Florence Dombey loses her way in London she is abducted by a horrible crone who calls herself'Good Mrs Brown'. 'A very ugly old woman, with red rims round her eyes', Mrs Brown deals in rags and bones in a small way. She incarcerates Florence in a filthy back room in a shabby house in a dirty London lane.

Like father, like son. It was, one may hypothesize, their common plight that created the unlikely bond between Miss Allworthy and Miss Jones. The fact that Jenny was pregnant herself would make it easier for her to take charge of Miss Bridget's baby; both children could be looked after by 24 Henry Fielding old Mrs Jones until they were disposed of in their different ways. Hence the gossip about the girl having two bastards—a piece of garbled information that must have leaked out via Jenny's mother.

It is implicit in Miss Allworthy's instant partiality for the foundling—a partiality which continues even after she has a legitimate child of her own (whom she evidently hates as his father's son)—and her refusal to join in the persecution of Jenny Jones. Fielding sows a number of such hints in the early chapters. But the author tantalizingly withholds the identity of Tom's father—even from the characters themselves at crucial junctures. It was, as Jenny tells Mr Airworthy, always Bridget's intention 'to communicate it to you'.

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