There is something about reading classic authors like Jane Austen. It lets you savor the language like so many delicious courses in a fine meal. Austen's characters are so rich, and her stories so strong. I also like that her ladies are never cardboard ladies in distress.
There have been some excellent screen (large and small) adaotations of Austen, though Emma Thompson's screenplay of this book for the 1995 film remains one of my favorites.
A Selection from Chapter 16.
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