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    I am in favour of digging Jane Austen up to be sure of her looks...

    Only yesterday, before I closed my beautiful brown eyes I was determined to start a drive to open dear Jane Austens grave to decide for once what she looked like. Who joins me? Exhuming people is done all the time, why could not Jane?

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    What would exhuming her skeleton tell us that we don't already know? Ok, provided her bones have not desintegrated, her appearance could be more precisely reconstructed, but in the end, what extra information does that give us? So we confirm she was a woman of so-so height and build. Perhaps her nose was a bit bigger or smaller than we thought. What difference does it make? If we respect her, maybe it is better to leave her in peace.
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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