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`Can he be a smart guy, sir?' `No, my pricey; i feel not...'Thus Christopher Brooke prefaces his learn of Jane Austen, whose sharp intelligence and wit were the partners of his rest for a few years. In resolution to the query as to if there might be whatever left to be stated, Brooke returns rewardingly to her personal writing, the novels and the letters, and with a historian's precision finds new element and clean insights. what's the international Jane Austen describes, and the way is it on the topic of the area within which she lived? an in depth interpreting of every of the foremost novels leads right into a specific exam of a sheaf of issues - church and clergy, rank and standing, marriage - to work out how they're dealt with of their social and historic atmosphere, what's printed approximately Jane Austen's private convictions, and the way those should be validly deduced from the textual content of her novels. The knowledge and perception he has dropped at ancient study at the moment are rewardingly delivered to undergo on a novelist of never-ending fascination.

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