The article considers the motifs of secrecy and concealment and their function in Jane Austen’s narrative. Among the traditional variations of these motifs that have been radically transformed in her novels one can distinguish the «compromising secrets» (such as seducement, elopement, clandestine engagement, etc.). These motifs in Austen’s novels are always multifunctional and the necessity for concealment is often regarded as morally ambivalent and fl exible.
Jane Austen, secrecy, concealment, motifs, 18—19 century novel
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