Chapter 16. Time and Her Aunt

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Michael Wood Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch16

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Wood, M. (2009) Time and Her Aunt, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch16

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Princeton University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • time and her aunt;
  • in Pride and Prejudice, the beautiful zeugma involving time and Elizabeth Bennet's aunt;
  • second Elizabeth has always rather liked Darcy, in spite of his pride and rudeness, and all through her own professions of dislike;
  • the great double subject of Persuasion is not time and her aunt but time and her godmother;
  • references to time are everywhere in Persuasion, but not – as is so often assumed – because of the lateness and autumnal quality of the work


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I

  • II

  • III

  • Further Reading