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Fall 2011


"Mrs. Smith is a unique character type in Austen’s fiction: the superfluous female. Austen uses this character to reflect on a possible tragic life for the heroine while highlighting the plight of the poor widow and her lack of perceived value in the society reflected in Persuasion."


This article was originally published in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, volume 7, issue 3, in 2011.

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Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies



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