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Jane Austen in Very Concise Summary

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Recently finished a collection of Jane Austen's Seven Novels and came away well pleased with her writing but not her plot solutions. In these more modern and sophisticated times much agony and heartbreak would have been avoided with simple statements or honest answers to questions--just saying--tongue firmly in cheek.

Lady Susan: "Lady Susan aren't there any other family members you could stay with?" (Asked by anyone she's living off of for months at a time.)

Northanger Abbey: "That's it--no more trashy novels for you--off to the convent!!" (Modern methods of tough love would have avoided much inane silliness.)

Sense and Sensibility: "Marianne--men are scum--get OVER him. Be like me--wait and DO nothing and love WILL come." (Elinor to Marianne STILL weeping nightly over her first love--Col Brandon sighs and blows out the candle.)

Pride and Prejudice: (Well maybe there IS more to him/her then meets the eye." (Darcy and Elizabeth both who then get into an argument about who thought it first.)

Emma: "Emma we all love you but please it's really none of your business. And by the way--you're such a snob though you are cute." (Pretty much said by anyone except Mrs. Bates.)

Mansfield Park: Loved this one and only thought is a push down the stairs for Fanny's aunt would have saved much trouble.

Persuasion: "Anne, great to see you, been SO long, have you missed me?" (A very short book indeed would have resulted.)

All in all seven wonderful reads of varying degrees of satisfaction but all thru them was never clear on the cousins marrying cousins or how these people that didn't seem to know what a day job was were bringing in all these thousands of pounds per year.

Updated 01-13-2015 at 04:14 PM by mtpspur (usal hasty typing)



  1. mona amon's Avatar
    I enjoyed this very much. The Emma comment is especially apt.
  2. Virgil's Avatar
    I just read Mansfield Park in December. I loved it too! I've now read four of the seven and all are great reads. Funny comments Rich. Nice to see you.
  3. mtpspur's Avatar
    Thanks both of you for the feedback. After reading Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen Mystery series I thought it was high time I actually READ this esteemed lady. A great part of me wishes she had had a longer life and seen the fruits of her labor and how her fame has been richly deserved.
  4. die_Wanderlust's Avatar
    I really appreciate this post because Jane Austen is an inspiration of an author. Her books bring out feelings that most cannot. My favorite novel by her would have to be Sense and Sensibility. There's just something about the contract between Elinor and Marianne, the way they see life and men. I haven't gotten to all of her books yet, but I'm making my way. Good to know there's more fans out there.
  5. mtpspur's Avatar
    Thank you die Wanderlust--I was delighted with her books and though it took me a bunch of years to read her I think I needed to be 'ready' for her. So wish she had written more.