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Stopped reading this midway; got sick of the moralizing and preachiness, lack of character development. Jun 23, Sophie rated it it was ok Shelves: university-degree-books. Finally read this for my diss, got nothing from it to help with my diss. Oh dear. Enjoyable read, overall.

It did get wordy and I found myself skimming long discussions either between the characters or ones the author was having with herself. They hashed and rehashed when I needed at most a third of that. The characters apparently could have used at least half of it. The moral messages are a bit blatant, but they also serve their purpose well: stay out of debt, be genuine, don't play people, avoid politics, accept and be grateful.

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Good characters studies that contrasted those Enjoyable read, overall. Good characters studies that contrasted those who were wise and those who were not. Now to the next volume to finish the story and see so-and-so married to the right person. Sep 10, Laura McDonald rated it liked it. This long book took me ages to read. It started really well, and I got into the characters especially some of the "bad" ones. I thought she would have more of a sense of humor, a la Jane Austen, but no. Her tone turned out a bit too moralistic for me, with the "bad" characters in the end suffering from their dependency of patronage, the "good" characters suffering a bit at first from not relying on patronage but in the end turning out the better for relying on their own intelligence, good morals This long book took me ages to read.

Her tone turned out a bit too moralistic for me, with the "bad" characters in the end suffering from their dependency of patronage, the "good" characters suffering a bit at first from not relying on patronage but in the end turning out the better for relying on their own intelligence, good morals, etc. Edgeworth gets more and more obvious with this theme as the book goes on and it is tiresome.

But her writing is impeccable, and the cast of characters very interesting.

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I just wish she hadn't been so harsh about it all, had a little fun with it, and we would have a little more fun with her. View 2 comments.

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I bought this book last week against my better judgement: I already have a whole pile of books waiting to be carted across the Atlantic. But the thing is I've been wanting to read an Edgeworth novel for some time now and this particular narrative features a character called Sir Percy. So I just HAD to buy it.

I HAD to Sian Jackson rated it it was amazing Oct 29, Fergus Blackmore rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Daniel rated it liked it Mar 27, Michelle Merkel-Brunskill rated it liked it Sep 22, Ness rated it really liked it Sep 05, Dora Suasnavar rated it liked it Nov 26, KayW4 rated it liked it May 25, P J Mahoney Sr rated it liked it Apr 10, Stephanie Lendich rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Carleigh rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Kathryn McConaughy rated it really liked it Dec 20, Bluebird rated it liked it Oct 11, Victoria Feltham rated it it was amazing Jun 21, Elina rated it really liked it Feb 26, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Jan 10, Barbara rated it it was amazing Oct 11, Catherine Hulme rated it liked it Oct 04, Andrea rated it liked it Jan 08, Mandy rated it liked it Aug 12, Steve Atkins rated it it was amazing Nov 07, Rix rated it really liked it Sep 21, The most notable events of her life, including her political activities and her travels into Eastern Europe, which were highly unusual for an Ottoman sultana, are interwoven with the historical background of the Empire in order to form a picture of the milieu within which her building activities took place; as we shall see, the events of her time were closely related with the emergence and the expression of her building activities.

With each sultana, the conditions governing the evolution of their building activities will be discussed.

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In Chapter 3, three churche-mosque conversions are explored: all in her name, in three different phases of her career and in three unique frontier cities, namely Kamianets-Podilskyi, Chios and Oran. These are hugely important aspects of her patronage because, despite their hidden nature, they probably constitute the most philanthropic of her endowments. While the changing paradigms in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ottoman architecture brought about new styles and new building types, the patronage of royal women also adapted to this change and their patronage never lagged behind their male counterparts.

The answer to this question deciphers the common denominators which link patronages among Ottoman royal women across the centuries. It ends by offering a hypothetical illustration of an anonymous Ottoman sultana and her potential building activity. Many other questions are answered in the following pages and still more are raised. It is to be hoped that this book also supplies necessary secondary material for future research projects by offering tables, chronologies and maps within its appendix, which can be used as references for further investigations.

The research for this book basically relied on mostly hitherto-unused material gathered from three major Ottoman archives in Turkey. Furthermore, these archival materials were consolidated with the accounts of Ottoman chroniclers,20 who were most of the time eye-witnesses to those building activities.

Certain engravings, maps and rare photographs22 gave invaluable insights for the nonextant buildings and helped substantially in their architectural reconstructions.

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However, the long-disappeared buildings in Mecca and Oran were not visited, since those cities and their street patterns have lost their historical appearance. Yet, those questions and many others are to be answered by future researchers. As we shall see, what emerges can provide us with an invaluable blue-print for royal women builders of the Ottoman world. Given that the property is entailed it might be thought that Mr. Collins also wished to find a wife among the Bennet sisters, namely Jane at first.


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After being deterred from the engagement by Mrs. Bennet , she pointed him in the direction of Elizabeth , and Mr. Collins fancies himself attracted to her. Collins is best described by Elizabeth, as "conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly". Mr Collins is man of the church, yet he seems more concerned with his patron, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, than God. Collins is ridiculous and insensible. The narrator describes him as "a mixture or pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility. To most people of rank or title he is a fawning toady, to speak bluntly, behaving been taught that connections are everything in his childhood.

He is obviously a social climber, easily impressed by a title. This leads him to be easily manipulated by Lady Catherine. He also has the tendencies of a name-dropper, mentioning Lady Catherine and his ties to her at any opportunity. He is obviously quite self-absorbed, and is often viewed as bothersome to others. Jane Austen weaves a humorous and cringe-worthy character in Mr. His marriage is used to contrast against the marriages of Darcy and Elizabeth and Bingley and Jane, which were done for love.