Musicianship and Morality in the Novels of Jane Austen
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A survey of the significance of music and musicianship in five novels of Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. It is concluded that whatever part music played in Austen's own life, music is neutral to her as a writer. She never allows her opinions to interfere with the needs of the story-telling task in hand, and this allows her to manipulate her narrative as she wishes, using music to illuminate her meaning rather than to symbolise or epitomise it.