Austen was a mathematician of social interaction, and her novels are impossibly, preposterously good.
“A lot of slaves would protect themselves from punishment by being beloved,” Austen said.
Austen is perfectly aware that many books called novels do not display “the greatest powers of the mind.”
Austen read Pride and Prejudice aloud at home, in an all-female reading circle.
Austen, Eliot, and James sometimes complemented their essential seriousness with humorous minor characters and subplots.
"I didn't know you wore a collar any more, Ham," said Austen.
Mrs. Austen had seen worse days and never proposed to see them again.
Mr. Austen, Rector of Whitby, was present when Catherine told this.
"I don't like it," Mrs. Austen said evenly to Peter Verelst.
When Jane was ten years old there came to live at the Rectory a daughter of Mrs. Austen's sister.