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Without any artificial appearance'. Elizabeth 'had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste'. Materialism and ostentation, 'getting and spending', were undoubtedly characteristic of the period. They did not receive Jane Austen's sympathy or approval, even though Elizabeth Bennet married a man with a large fortune. The author's scorn for John Dashwood and his wife, and her disapproval of Wickham and Mr Elliot are evident.
W. , 1959, pp. 56-7. 1 2 Background 25 social myopism'. The more general view is less severe. It was expressed by Professor H. W. Garrod in a lecture which was a deliberate piece of detraction, 'written for a pleasant occasion and in lightness of heart', and not for publication. 1 He talked of her supreme detachment, and, with reference to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, said that Jane Austen cared for none of these things. Few can doubt that this devil's advocate knew much better, but there are countless readers who still accept the view that Jane lived the greater part of her relatively unruffled life in rural remoteness.
The author's scorn for John Dashwood and his wife, and her disapproval of Wickham and Mr Elliot are evident. Wickham attempted to elope with an heiress for the sake of her £30,000; had he succeeded, marriage would inevitably have followed to avoid scandal-mongering, and the fortune would legally have been his. Mr Elliot married solely for wealth, and remained a shrewd calculator; but Willoughby's marriage showed how a man could gain the world and lose his own soul. Elinor Dashwood's sense never made her seek affluence; nor did Jane Austen believe in marriage without love, as may be seen in her rejection of Harris Bigg Wither, heir of Manydown, and in the advice she gave her niece, Fanny Knight: 'Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection' (Letters, 410}.