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April 12, 2020

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ROGER ALLEN

" while Jane Eyre is set entirely prior to Britain's emancipation of slaves in the Caribbean, the adaptation's adult action is set afterwards (we know this because Jane reads from Dickens' Pickwick Papers in Act II)."
Does Jane reveal the Papers' publication date? If not, I think you're probably over-rating the knowledge of literary history - and history perhaps - expected of the play's audience; quite possibly the adapters' knowledge, too. Pickwick, I think, may be chosen just to date the play as unspecifically in the early nineteenth century if settins and costumes give no guidance.

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