a character to preserve,

Type: Discussion | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 17

The landlady had a reputation to maintain, as landladies do. Whether she was self-interested or not in preserving her "respectability," Austen's premise is that we are first public selves and define ourselves publicly, and so it is reasonable to suppose that we'd at least as vigilantly protect our public self as we would our private being.

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