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11:22:49 AM Feb 8th 2014
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There's a bit where she describes the genre she's talking about as "the mind-and-millinery species". Wondering if this is a subtle Take That towards a certain well-known lady novelist.
11:27:49 PM Mar 4th 2014
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Probably not, since Austen's heroines aren't known for being preachy bores. Some of her villains and comic reliefs are, of course, e.g. Mr. Collins and Mary from Pride and Prejudice.
12:43:48 PM Mar 5th 2014
Cough Fanny Price, cough.

But yes, I would think Elliot was probably not writing about Jane Austen, who generally avoided/mocked the tropes Elliot criticizes.
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