Reblogged from Margaret Eleanor Leigh’s blog. Ms Leigh is the author of several novels and the humorous travel memoir The Wrong Shade of Yellow, all available on Amazon.
Jane Austen – public domain image.
When Romance Writing was Restrained
You may or may not be surprised to learn that in a recent article in the Guardian, the sexiest scene in literature was identified as coming not from E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, but from Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
It takes a fair bit of imagination to appreciate the erotic content in the Austen scene in question, but perhaps that’s the whole point. It goes like this:“Captain Wentworth, without saying a word, turned to her, and quietly obliged her to be assisted into the carriage. Yes, he had done it. She was in the carriage, and felt that he had placed her there, that his will and his hands had done it…”
Obviously the scene was written in a particular era, the early nineteenth century, a time when authors were tightly constrained in terms of what could and…
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Thank you, Pete – I will forward your comment to Margaret Eleanor Leigh, who is a very wise and clever woman.
‘I believe there is an appetite in human nature that grows and expands in direct proportion to the quantity it is fed.’
Incredibly perceptive, and perfectly described.
Best wishes, Pete. x
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