"People sometimes say, or think, that there's no sex in Jane Austen and, indeed, sometimes TV and film adapters feel the need to put it in. But it's there actually, reading between the lines. It's really clear in Pride and Prejudice that Lydia Bennet has been off for over a month, and she's only just 16, living in an apartment, in London, with a well known rake. and she's been living with him and she comes back to Longbourn full of fondness for him. It's a picture of sexual infatuation, teenage sexual infatuation and we're to think of this when we sometimes are invited to read between the lines.
"Mr. Bennet, why has he married such a fool as Mrs. Bennet? Why has such a witty and intelligent man married her? Well, he married her when she was young, we're later told, and attractive and if you're a gentlemen, the only way you get to sleep with the woman you fancy is by marrying her.
Even Mr. Darcy's famously disastrous first proposal to Elizabeth Bennet, has, I think we're supposed to infer, sexual passion behind it. He says 'You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. Ardently. And then he goes on to tell her all the reasons why it's a bad idea that he should marry her. But he's got to marry her. He's got to have her. You know? He can only get her by marrying her even though the marriage is from his haughty point of view very unwise. So, I think you feel the sexual passion in his blundering approach. So sexual desire is there, you're expected to understand it."
- John Mullan on sex in Pride and Prejudice
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why do I even have to study?
I mean, soon the stars will be right and R'lyeh will rise back to the surface so the human race will be crushed under the almighty claws of the ancient god Cthulhu anyway🙄
so true bestie
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