Saturday, November 14, 2009

Jane Austin Understood...

I was saying in a former blog that good literature may give us some hints on Biblical feminity. Look at Fanny Price in Mansfield Park: Besides "beauty of face and figure," she had "graces of manner and goodness of heart."
She was gentle, modest, sweet, good-tempered, and affectionate. Her "understanding was beyond every suspicion, quick and clear; and her manners were the mirror of her own modest and elegant mind." Fanny also had good principles, "regularity of conduct and such a high notion of honour, and such an observance of decorum as might warrant any man in the fullest dependence on her faith and integrity."
Translation: Fanny took care of herself, dressing modestly. She was both sweet and bright. But besides being intellectually quick; she was morally educated. In other words, she had a fear of God that made her one to be trusted. A man can rest easy married to such a woman.

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