History Literature / LadySusan

14th Jun '16 1:23:04 AM PaulA
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* AccompliceByInaction: With the exception of Catherine Vernon, everyone lets Lady Susan hurt and abuse her poor woobtastic daughter, because they are blinded by the mother's charm and filmsy justification, being subjects of her manipulation and sometimes even her UnwittingPawn. [[spoiler:They are mostly forgiven by Frederica and Catherine in the end]].
9th Jun '16 8:22:43 PM Miriam
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* CanonForeigner: Mrs. Cross, Lady Susan's companion, in ''Love & Friendship.''



* TheVoiceless: In the film, Lord Mainwaring appears on screen, but has no lines. He ''is'' the {{Foil}} to Sir James, who never stops babbling.



* YourCheatingHeart: Lady Susan's affair with Mr. Mainwaring.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Lady Susan's affair with Mr. Mainwaring. [[spoiler: In the film, she continues the affair after her marriage, although Sir James is too slow on the uptake to figure that out.]]
2nd Jun '16 4:22:10 PM Miriam
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* TheDitz: Sir James

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* TheDitz: Sir JamesJames. The adaptation takes this UpToEleven.
23rd May '16 2:13:21 PM Julia1984
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Received a [[TheFilmoftheBook film adaptation]] in 2016 that was, oddly enough, titled ''Love and Friendship'' (and, of course, has nothing to do with ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'').
6th Oct '14 8:53:30 PM nombretomado
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7 months prior to the writing of the novel's first letter, 35-year-old Lady Susan Vernon's husband died. She spent the last three of those months with the Manwarings, but she finds herself no longer welcome after starting an affair with Mr. Mainwaring and ruining the engagement between their niece Miss Mainwaring and the wealthy but slow-witted Sir James Martin. Her goal, however, isn't to marry Sir James herself but to have him marry her 16-year-old daughter Frederica. Although the conflict revolves around her greatest enemy -- her mother -- instead of her, Frederica breaks crucial rules of etiquette (particularly regarding interaction between men and women) like [[Literature/SenseAndSensibility Marianne Dashwood]], dares to show attraction to a man before he shows attraction to her like [[Literature/NorthangerAbbey Catherine Moreland]], is persecuted by a WickedStepmother-esque guardian like [[MansfieldPark Fanny Price]], is the BlackSheep of her family and criticized for her quietness and self-control like [[Literature/SenseAndSensibility Elinor Dashwood]] and [[Literature/{{Persuasion}} Anne Elliot]], and is no dashing beauty (like her mother) who effortlessly charms men [[LoveAtFirstSight at first sight]] but is misjudged and dismissed as insignificant and undesirable in every way by her future husband until he learns the error of his first impressions like [[PrideAndPrejudice Elizabeth Bennet]] was, and most importantly, is determined to MarryForLove like any Jane Austen heroine.

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7 months prior to the writing of the novel's first letter, 35-year-old Lady Susan Vernon's husband died. She spent the last three of those months with the Manwarings, but she finds herself no longer welcome after starting an affair with Mr. Mainwaring and ruining the engagement between their niece Miss Mainwaring and the wealthy but slow-witted Sir James Martin. Her goal, however, isn't to marry Sir James herself but to have him marry her 16-year-old daughter Frederica. Although the conflict revolves around her greatest enemy -- her mother -- instead of her, Frederica breaks crucial rules of etiquette (particularly regarding interaction between men and women) like [[Literature/SenseAndSensibility Marianne Dashwood]], dares to show attraction to a man before he shows attraction to her like [[Literature/NorthangerAbbey Catherine Moreland]], is persecuted by a WickedStepmother-esque guardian like [[MansfieldPark [[Literature/MansfieldPark Fanny Price]], is the BlackSheep of her family and criticized for her quietness and self-control like [[Literature/SenseAndSensibility Elinor Dashwood]] and [[Literature/{{Persuasion}} Anne Elliot]], and is no dashing beauty (like her mother) who effortlessly charms men [[LoveAtFirstSight at first sight]] but is misjudged and dismissed as insignificant and undesirable in every way by her future husband until he learns the error of his first impressions like [[PrideAndPrejudice Elizabeth Bennet]] was, and most importantly, is determined to MarryForLove like any Jane Austen heroine.
1st Aug '13 4:05:04 PM XFllo
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* MayDecemberRomance: Lady Susan is 12 years older than Reginald.
1st Aug '13 4:02:45 PM XFllo
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Lady Susan eventually puts her first plan into action and writes to Frederica of her pending ArrangedMarriage to Sir James. Well, [[GenreSavvy as we know]], there's only one thing a girl can do in this situation -- run away. Miss Summers refuses to readmit the girl into her school, so the Vernons bring her to stay with them. Catherine soon notices, to her delight, that her niece is falling in love with Reginald and hopes that she could be the means of freeing him from his blind devotion to Lady Susan. When Sir James shows up and the truth about Lady Susan's intentions, her reprehensible treatment of her daughter, and Frederica's abhorrence for the marriage come out, it looks like Reginald's eyes will be opened at last. Alas, Lady Susan is able to smooth things over with Reginald -- which throughly pleases her -- but at the cost of getting rid of Sir James and temporarily setting aside her first EvilPlan, which does not please her. Her best friend and {{sidekick}}-of-sorts, Alicia Johnson (whose husband was Mrs. Mainwaring's guardian), advises Lady Susan to leave Churchhill at the same time Reginald does, eventually marry him, come to London and either renew or finally end her affair with Mainwaring, and leave Frederica behind with the Vernons where she won't bother her.

Lady Susan follows her friend's plan. The result? [[spoiler:Reginald comes to visit her in London just before she's expecting Mainwaring, so she sends him to Alicia Johnson's with a letter ordering her friend to keep him occupied until Mainwaring is gone, but Reginald arrives at the Johnsons' while Alicia is out and Mrs. Mainwaring has come to complain to Mr. Johnson about her husband's infidelity. Reginald quickly learns the whole story about Lady Susan's and Mr. Mainwaring's affair and can deny the truth no longer. He writes Lady Susan a letter assuring her that "the spell is broken" and returns home.]] The novel's last letter is written by Catherine Vernon to her mother, lamenting that Lady Susan has taken Frederica from Churchhill back to London; she fears for her niece's emotional health and safety and has little hope of her ever marrying Reginald now. [[spoiler:A Conclusion reveals that, after much coaxing and entreating and cajoling on Catherine's part, Lady Susan finally (apparently) relented and allowed Frederica to visit her aunt and uncle again. Three weeks after her daughter's departure, Lady Susan married Sir James Martin. It took Reginald de Courcy a year to overcome his broken heart and bitterness towards the fair sex in general before he could finally return Frederica's affection and marry her. All lived HappilyEverAfter... except poor Miss Mainwaring, who "was defrauded of her due by a woman ten years older than herself."]]

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Lady Susan eventually puts her first plan into action and writes to Frederica of her pending ArrangedMarriage to Sir James. Well, [[GenreSavvy as we know]], there's only one thing a girl can do in this situation -- run away. Miss Summers refuses to readmit the girl into her school, so the Vernons bring her to stay with them. Catherine soon notices, to her delight, that her niece is falling in love with Reginald and hopes that she could be the means of freeing him from his blind devotion to Lady Susan. When Sir James shows up and the truth about Lady Susan's intentions, her reprehensible treatment of her daughter, and Frederica's abhorrence for the marriage come out, it looks like Reginald's eyes will be opened at last. Alas, Lady Susan is able to smooth things over with Reginald -- which throughly pleases her -- but at the cost of getting rid of Sir James and temporarily setting aside her first EvilPlan, which does not please her. Her best friend and {{sidekick}}-of-sorts, Alicia Johnson (whose husband was Mrs. Mainwaring's guardian), advises Lady Susan to leave Churchhill at the same time Reginald does, eventually marry him, come to London and either renew or finally end her affair with Mainwaring, and leave Frederica behind with the Vernons where she won't bother her.

her. Lady Susan follows her friend's plan. The result? [[spoiler:Reginald comes to visit her in London just before she's expecting Mainwaring, so she sends him to Alicia Johnson's with a letter ordering her friend to keep him occupied until Mainwaring is gone, but Reginald arrives at the Johnsons' while Alicia is out and Mrs. Mainwaring has come to complain to Mr. Johnson about her husband's infidelity. Reginald quickly learns the whole story about Lady Susan's and Mr. Mainwaring's affair and can deny the truth no longer. He writes Lady Susan a letter assuring her that "the spell is broken" and returns home.]] The novel's last letter is written by Catherine Vernon to her mother, lamenting that Lady Susan has taken Frederica from Churchhill back to London; she fears for her niece's emotional health and safety and has little hope of her ever marrying Reginald now. [[spoiler:A Conclusion reveals that, after much coaxing and entreating and cajoling on Catherine's part, Lady Susan finally (apparently) relented and allowed Frederica to visit her aunt and uncle again. Three weeks after her daughter's departure, Lady Susan married Sir James Martin. It took Reginald de Courcy a year to overcome his broken heart and bitterness towards the fair sex in general before he could finally return Frederica's affection and marry her. All lived HappilyEverAfter... except poor Miss Mainwaring, who "was defrauded of her due by a woman ten years older than herself."]]plan.
21st Apr '13 3:48:02 PM XFllo
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!! Lady Susan herself is an example of:

* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Mother]] [[hottip:*:Her MagicMirror must have told her Frederica is the FairestOfThemAll.]]
* AccompliceByInaction: It ends up being Catherine's opinion on anyone who falls prey to Lady Susan's charm and lets her abuse her adorable daughter. Being the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] is stressful !
* ConsummateLiar
* {{Determinator}}
* EvilFeelsGood:
-->'''Lady Susan:''' I call on you, dear Alicia, for congratulations: I am my own self, gay and triumphant! ... I hope you will be satisfied with my speech. Its effect on Reginald justifies some portion of vanity, for it was no less favourable than instantaneous. Oh, how delightful it was to watch the variations of his countenance while I spoke! to see the struggle between returning tenderness and the remains of displeasure. There is something agreeable in feelings so easily worked on; not that I envy him their possession, nor would, for the world, have such myself; but they are very convenient when one wishes to influence the passions of another.
* ForTheEvulz:
-->'''Lady Susan:''' I have disconcerted [Reginald] already by my calm reserve, and it shall be my endeavour to humble the pride of these self important De Courcys still lower, to convince Mrs. Vernon that her sisterly cautions have been bestowed in vain, and to persuade Reginald that she has scandalously belied me. This project will serve at least to amuse me.
* GoldDigger
* TheHedonist
* {{Hypocrite}}
* ItsAllAboutMe
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]:
-->'''Lady Susan:''' I could not reconcile it to myself to force Frederica into a marriage from which her heart revolted, and instead of adopting so harsh a measure merely propose to make it her own choice, by rendering her thoroughly uncomfortable till she does accept him.
* MrsRobinson
* RichBitch
* StaticCharacter
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: For the Vernons.
* TheVamp
* VillainProtagonist
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove:
-->'''Lady Susan'''
-->''Letter 19:'' She is actually falling in love with Reginald De Courcy! To disobey her mother by refusing an unexceptionable offer is not enough; her affections must also be given without her mother's approbation. ... Artlessness will never do in love matters; and that girl is born a simpleton who has it either by nature or affectation.
-->''Letter 25:'' [Frederica's] idle love for Reginald, too! It is surely my duty to discourage such romantic nonsense.
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28th Mar '13 3:03:14 PM Lorialet
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* AccompliceByInaction: It ends up being Catherine's opinion on anyone who falls prey to Lady Susan's charm and lets her abuse her adorable daughter. Being the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] is stressful !
13th Nov '12 5:43:05 PM Elehop
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** Since Mr. Johnson forbids Lady Susan from staying in his house during his pending trip to Bath, Alicia finds accomodations for her friend nearby and plans for them to spend all their time together, "for I consider my promise to Mr. Johnson as comprehending only (at least in his absence) your not sleeping in the house."

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** Since Mr. Johnson forbids Lady Susan from staying in his house during his pending trip to Bath, Alicia finds accomodations accommodations for her friend nearby and plans for them to spend all their time together, "for I consider my promise to Mr. Johnson as comprehending only (at least in his absence) your not sleeping in the house."



* OppositesAttract: The universally-agreeable and accomodating Charles Vernon and his more practical, discerning wife Catherine.

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* OppositesAttract: The universally-agreeable and accomodating accommodating Charles Vernon and his more practical, discerning wife Catherine.
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