hating change of every kind.

Category: Daily Life | Type: Historical | Title: Emma (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Vol: Volume I | Ch: Chapter I

Mr. Woodhouse grew up during a period of general national stability.This began as long ago as the reign of William and Mary and subsequently of Queen Anne, followed by the first three Georges. This era ends in 1811 with the beginning of the Regency when George III ceases to rule. With regard to the Royal family, the Regency is the least stable period in well more than a century.

Austen conceives of Mr. Woodhouse as a retardant, a man whose own development is arrested and who tries to halt everyone else's. To hate change, and especially that wrought by matrimony, is to hate life.

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