Thursday, 9 June 2016

Jane Austen Mystery: Where Is Miss Bates?

Think of the memorable strawberry-picking scene at Donwell (in Jane Austen's novel Emma).

Where is Miss Bates?

We hear nothing of her. We know - from a reference by Jane Fairfax - that she is there somewhere; but Jane Austen has, as it were, switched her off! Previously, the white noise of Miss Bates has swamped us at crucial moments. But now we need to give our attention to what is going on with Jane Fairfax.