Lady Susan, The Watsons

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Roberts Brothers, 1892 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 352 pages
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This volume contains Jane Austen's little-known epistolary novel Lady Susan. Written between 1793 and 1795, it was published posthumously in 1871 by her nephew James Austen Leigh.
 

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User Review  - missizicks - LibraryThing

For such a short novel, Austen packed a lot in. I enjoyed the epistolary style, the to-ing and fro-ing of gossip and scheming, the outrage at other people's behaviour. I found the lack of descriptions ... Read full review

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User Review  - sparkleandchico - LibraryThing

This is obviously not comparable to Austen's better known works. I listened to it on a public domain website. The story consists of a series of letters that are exchanged between various characters ... Read full review

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Contents

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Page 250 - so much so that the latter was unable to understand why the former was admired, and confessed that she herself " should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen, in their elegant but confined houses ; " but each writer equally resisted interference with her own natural style of composition. Miss
Page 251 - to follow the counsel which shines out of Miss Austen's 'mild eyes,' to finish more, and be more subdued; but neither am I sure of that. When authors write best, or at least when they write most fluently, an influence seems to waken in them which becomes their master, — which will have its
Page 198 - ken, may be, what he was about till years had passed. At first he thought of little, I dare say, but the queerness and the fun." And so, in a humbler way, Jane
Page 251 - way, — putting out of view all behests but its own, dictating certain words, and insisting on their being used, whether vehement or measured in their nature, new-moulding characters, giving unthought-of turns to incidents, rejecting carefully elaborated old ideas, and suddenly creating and adopting new ones. Is it not so? And should we try to counteract this influence? Can we indeed counteract it?
Page 81 - THIS correspondence, by a meeting between some of the parties, and a separation between the others, could not, to the great detriment of the Post-Office revenue, be continued any longer. Very little assistance to the State could be derived from the epistolary intercourse of Mrs. Vernon and her niece; for the former soon perceived, by the style of
Page 148 - love for Mr. Howard, and his counter affection for Emma, whom he was finally to marry. A MEMOIR. " He knew of no one but himself who was inclined to the work. This is no uncommon motive. A man sees something to be done, knows of no one who will do it but himself, and so is driven to the enterprise.
Page 265 - it was reported in Oxford that Whately had written the article at the request of the lady whom he afterwards married. forward, or too long dwelt on, their prosing is apt to become as tiresome in fiction as in real society." The Reviewer in 1821, on the contrary, singles out the fools as especial instances of the
Page 75 - XXXVII. Lady Susan to Mr. De Courcy. UPPER SEYMOUR STREET. I AM satisfied, and will trouble you no more when these few lines are dismissed. The engagement which you were eager to form a fortnight ago is no longer compatible with your views, and I rejoice to find that the prudent advice of your parents
Page 54 - It is odd that you should alone be ignorant of your daughter's sense ! " "Frederica never does justice to herself; her manners are shy and childish, and besides she is afraid of me. During her poor father's life she was a spoilt child; the severity which it has since
Page 20 - I always looked forward to her coming with uneasiness; but very far was it from originating in anxiety for Reginald. I expected a most disagreeable companion for myself, but could not imagine that my brother would be in the smallest danger of being captivated by a woman with whose principles he was so well acquainted,

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