Love and Freindship
[sic] is an early work by Jane Austen
, never published in her lifetime. It mercilessly parodies the literary works of her time, much in the vein of the satiric aspects of Northanger Abbey
Tropes found in this work:
- Accomplice by Inaction: Laura and Sophia consider MacDonald's lack of sighing when witnessing their relative bad luck as the mark of a black heart. He is the only one to help them and to save them from their misfortune at that point.
- Arranged Marriage: Attempted for Edward
- Bewildering Punishment: Laura and Sophia are shocked at a man's rage when he catches them stealing from them.
- Black Sheep: Edward
- Blue Blood: On Laura's mother's side, and for Edward.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Edward, rather ridiculously.
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere
- Contrived Coincidence: Even Laura comments on how an accident means she doesn't have to talk.
- Elopement: Laura and Sophia persuade Janetta to one.
- Epistolary Novel: The exchange that inspired Laura opens it.
"Beware of fainting-fits... though at the time they may be refreshing and agreeable, yet believe me: they will, in the end, if too often repeated and at improper seasons, prove destructive to your constitution."
- Ghibli Hills: Where she lived.
- Heir Club for Men: Sir Edward remarries for this.
- His Name Is...: Edward, dying.
- Inherited Illiteracy Title: Preserving the title
- Instant Expert: She picked up accomplishments quickly in the convent.
- I Was Quite a Looker: While narroreting the story, Laura admits her beauty has faded.
- Lack of Empathy: Laura
- Last Request: Sophia's last words urge Laura to not faint
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Inverted
- Long-Lost Relative: Laura finds her grandfather.
- Love at First Sight: Laura for Edward
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Four separate grandchildren are recognized in one scene.
- Missing Mom: Edward
- Moral Myopia: Both Laura and Sophia
- Nature Lover: Augusta
- Oedipus Complex: Spoofed; given the silliness of the children, their defiance comes across as probably idiotic.
- The Ophelia: Spoofed.
- Pair the Spares: Augusta and Graham.
- Parental Abandonment: Laura's parents die while the story is going on.
- Parody Sue: Laura — and Sophia, Edward, and Augustus, to a certain extent.
- The Promise: Of eternal friendship, made at first sight.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Laura, Edward, Sophia, and Augustus can do no wrong. Failure to conform to their slightest whim is mercilessly denounced.
- Red-Headed Hero: Why Janetta can't love Graham — his hair is not auburn.
- Sacred Hospitality: Copiously abused.
- Spoof Aesop: Run mad as often as you like, but don't faint.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Commented on.
- Tyop on the Cover: Preserved from the original manuscript.
- Unable To Support A Wife: Edward ignored this.
- Who's Your Daddy?: Laura's male cousins.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: They, of course, think they are in a novel, not a parody thereof.