The interpretation of the pronoun on ultimately involves two distinct, but related processes.
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The first process concerns the determination of the value of individual occurrences of the pronoun with reference to characters within the fictive universe. Its referential limits need to be explored by asking to whom the pronoun actually refers. By value, I refer to the polysemy of the morpheme on , that is to say its semantic content, as it potentially shifts from its usage as an indefinite pronoun in which it has no specific referent to its function as a definite personal pronoun, where it refers specifically to first, second or third persons singular or plural across the narration.
A network of otherwise latent relationships that point to the same subjective source are often only discernible across a much wider segment of the narration. The present study therefore bases its analyses on the premise that an accurate interpretation of the pronoun is only possible through inference with reference to its immediate context and to the global context of the passage. This formula is used to determine the identity of the focaliser or value of X in direct, indirect, and free indirect discourses Rabatel, b: In so far as his approach seeks to determine inferentially the value of each occurrence of the pronoun on in heterodiegetic narration, his protocols of interpretation will be applied to the occurrences of the pronoun in the extracts below Rabatel, a: For some time before the accident, Louisa and Wentworth had been engaged in much public flirtation.
The first time she did this, he was prepared to catch her. Unfortunately, the second time she flung herself off the steps, she did so against his wishes, and he was unable to catch her before she landed on her head. Persuasion 1 He had handed them both in, and placed himself between them; 2 and in this manner, under these circumstances full of astonishment and emotion to Anne, she quitted Lyme. She thought that it could scarcely escape him to feel, that a persuadable temper might sometimes be as much in favour of happiness, as a very resolute character.
Austen, : Austen, : vol. The conditional is really a future-in-the-past. The presence of the pronoun on with the imparfait in 9 introduces a species of ambiguity that actually re-ambiguates the passage. The imparfait of the verbs in 9 anchors the narration in the personal space and time of the observer s. This fragment provides evidence for anaphoric association with an obvious observer prior to this occurrence of the pronoun.
Certainly, these elements could lend weight to an analysis assigning an exclusively personal value to the pronoun, providing that they could be corroborated with other evidence from the global context of the passage, such as what follows from 11 to Indeed, the heroine is again designated cataphorically as the observer in 13 of both target and source texts: Alice vit que […]. Alice is therefore the obvious observer both subsequent and prior to the occurrence of the pronoun in 9. Russell, It will become obvious that interpreting the occurrences of the pronoun on in this passage accurately cannot be done without reference to a much wider context than the previous passage; hence, the inclusion of another supplementary passage extract 3 for analysis after this one.
Note that extract 3 precedes extract 2 in La Famille Elliot. Disrupting the flow of the narrative discourse in this way actually facilitates the attribution of subjectivity to the various occurrences of the pronoun on in these passages. Mary Musgrove defies the advice. Persuasion 1 Captain Wentworth now hurried off to get everything ready on his part, and to be soon followed by the two ladies. No, it was too unkind! The shallowness of her protest and its emotive force are reflected in the fragmented nature of the syntax and the informality of the vocabulary. These effects are reproduced in the corresponding target passage in 4 , 5a , 5b and 6.
Although the exclamatory mode may disappear in the target text passage, it is replaced with a similar effect by the interrogatory mode. The boundaries of this fragment of FID become visible in the target text in 3a and 7. Note that this fragment has been considerably extended in the target text.
The addition of explanatory sentences in 2 a to 2 d modifies the comprehension of the text for the French reader. The repetition of etc. There are four occurrences of the pronoun on within the perimeters of this fragment of FID— 3a , 3b , 5b , and 6a. However, is there anything in the context that requires that Mary be excluded from every occurrence of the pronoun within this fragment of FID reporting her discourse?
Russell, Do any of the other three occurrences of the pronoun in segments 2a , 2b and 9 of the narration have the same value as the other four confined to the fragment of FID?
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Is there any evidence within the global context that would allow for individual occurrences of the pronoun to be organized into a network of latent relationships that point to the same subjective source? They represent potential salient characters for the occurrence of the pronoun with the plus-que-parfait in 2a and 2c. On the strength of this evidence, the pronoun in 2a could therefore be restricted to this personal attribution. The decision to leave Anne with Louisa is first made in consultation with Henrietta in 1SP — and Henrietta at first declared the same.
The value of the pronoun is therefore much richer in meaning than initially supposed Russell, Persuasion […] 1 and Henrietta at first declared the same. But as to the rest;—as to the others; —If one stays to assist Mrs. Harville, I think it need be only one. Charles Musgrove will, of course, wish to get back to her children; but, if Anne will stay, no one so proper, so capable as Anne! Elle est si bonne, si douce et si active! Je… nous vous en prions tous. Musgrove, pour apporter des nouvelles de la nuit.
If we were to approach the analysis of 2a in extract 2 by asking what the context excludes, or makes possible as a value for on , we find that the pronoun in 2a need not carry the exclusively personal value assigned to it above. Does it exclude the other characters potentially present in the scene, such as Madame Harville, the heroine and Henriette? The use of the pronoun on in 2a and 2c could therefore be analysed conservatively as a form of represented perception denoting the shared point of view of all the characters potentially implicated in the elaboration of this plan, with the exception of Mary.
The second occurrence of the pronoun on in 2c would thus be equivalent in value to the first occurrence in 2a. These values would lead to an indefinite attribution. How do they relate to the value of the occurrence of the pronoun on in 9 in extract 2? Whose words? Whose thoughts? Whose perceptions are these? You can view the novel and the other plates by Lydon here at Google Books. What about you? You can begin your search here at abebooks. Mansfield Park — 1st ed.
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Hugh Thomson Macmillan [Internet Archive]. Thanks, Deb! Please join us for more Mansfield Park posts this month and throughout Next Friday, Lyn Bennett will discuss the opening paragraph of the novel. Like Liked by 1 person. Like Like. This was a visual and verbal treat—thank you so much for putting this together! Very interesting to see the contrast between the sombre Lydon illustrations, and the Brock brothers; the latter reminding me of a Kate Greenaway style.
That depiction of Yates Brock, is priceless! The various illustrators is such an interesting topic to me as well — I could only touch on this very quickly here by noting just the earliest illustrated editions — I would like to post more about this — the covers as well — all endlessly fascinating! I agree that the Brock image of Yates is priceless! Norris running off with the green curtain! No pressure, of course!
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We will be celebrating on May 9th with the Janeite universe. Thanks Laurel Ann for reblogging! Looking forward to your own post for Sarah — you did so much with Mansfield Park a few years ago on your blog — wondering if you are looking at it with different eyes this time around…. Quite an interesting angle for this blog post, and not something I had really looked into much before.
Mansfield Park is one of my favorite Austen novels, although I always seem to be in the minority with that opinion. In Spanish, it has been the novel less translated, though there more than 10 different editions, most of them reproduce one translation in particular. Even Lady Susan has more translations into Spanish, from what I have been able to gather.
It was a challenge to understand it, even to be reconciled with what happens. Mansfield Park seems to get left behind in the illustrations department! I am still hoping MP will come out this year, as it should…. I would be interested in seeing the cover art for the Spanish editions you talk about — is that something you could post about on your blog? I do love MP, though I find all the novels hard to list in a favorite order — it is more of a lateral list, and it shifts whenever I re-read any one of them!
But MP seems to always sit aside from the others, somehow demanding a more serious frame of mind when taking it on…more of challenge as you say. About the Harvard editions, I am surprised they issued NA just a few days ago, I would have expected to see MP this year, but it seems it will be published until next year. Unfortunately I have not been able to update the site in general.
Entries with quotes for each chapter are still missing though the reading and selection is in progress at Yahoo Groups in Spanish, and I would wish to write something in Spanish on LVs since it is essential to fully understand some chapters of MP. Great post Deb. Or,rather,to be fair, the illustrations fit the period they are created in.
This presentation on Mansfield Park is marvelous and rich. What a treat. I am going to recommend this site to other Janeite friends in Boston area. Thank you Melanie for your nice words. You do such excellent work at organizing and then presenting information in a manner that keeps our focus alive and our minds engaged. Thank you!
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Imagine the pleasure of holding in hand Major Francis A. David Gilson was a giant among Austen scholars. He died in England on 8 May Thanks for commenting Sheila and letting us all know about this — I rely so heavily on Gilson, I have come to think him a great friend. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Henry Austen. Francis Austen — wikipedia. Mansfield Park — 1st French ed. Like this: Like Loading Thank you very much, Deb, for this fabulous introduction to the Mansfield Park celebrations! Thanks for visiting! I would love to read more on the topic of illustrations….
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