I just found another imaginary character in an Austen novel other than Emma or Persuasion!
And, as I reiterated for the umpteenth time in a post earlier today,
that means, I found a significant character who may, OR MAY NOT, be
imaginary, depending on which perspective you take on the passages about
this character in the novel. Either reading is perfectly plausible.
Here are some giant hints.
He is a man,
He never speaks in the novel,
He is never described by any narration other than narration which can
readily be read as the heroine's subjective perception, rather than
clearly objective report of a fact,
He may or may not have ever actually been alive.
I found him out via Google--and you could do it too, very easily, if you
were willing to go on the hypothesis that I am correct about Mr. Perry
being an imaginary character during the action of Emma, and try to
figure out how to use Google to find out if anyone else saw something
strange about this character, just the way Wiltshire and Stafford saw
something strange about Mr. Perry, but did not think far enough outside
the box to realize what it meant.
This imaginary character is even more spectacular than Mr. Perry,
actually, because the role this imaginary character plays in his novel
is very similar to the role that "George Kaplan" plays in Hitchcock's
North by Northwest.
And even I, an hour ago, never realized, it was only with the
inadvertent help of another Austen scholar rendered a very long time
ago, that I instantly understood Jane Austen's trick. Just amazing!
While I am working on my post about this latest discovery of mine, I
invite anyone to give it a go and guess the answer before I reveal it
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