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`Can he be a smart guy, sir?' `No, my pricey; i believe not...'Thus Christopher Brooke prefaces his research of Jane Austen, whose sharp intelligence and wit were the partners of his rest for a few years. In solution to the query as to if there might be something left to be acknowledged, Brooke returns rewardingly to her personal writing, the novels and the letters, and with a historian's precision finds new aspect and clean insights. what's the global Jane Austen describes, and the way is it relating to the area during which she lived? a detailed examining of every of the foremost novels leads right into a specific exam of a sheaf of subject matters - church and clergy, rank and standing, marriage - to determine how they're dealt with of their social and ancient surroundings, what's published approximately Jane Austen's inner most convictions, and the way those should be validly deduced from the textual content of her novels. The knowledge and perception he has delivered to historic examine at the moment are rewardingly dropped at undergo on a novelist of never-ending fascination.

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