Austen, Eliot, and James sometimes complemented their essential seriousness with humorous minor characters and subplots.
“A lot of slaves would protect themselves from punishment by being beloved,” Austen said.
Austen was a mathematician of social interaction, and her novels are impossibly, preposterously good.
Austen is perfectly aware that many books called novels do not display “the greatest powers of the mind.”
He and Austen had sex with hustlers, or “trade” as Vidal called the handsome, “straight-acting” young men he liked.
"I didn't know you wore a collar any more, Ham," said Austen.
It produced, we know, Mr. Joseph and Mr. Austen Chamberlain.
Mr. Austen, Rector of Whitby, was present when Catherine told this.
Both Scott and Miss Austen abstained likewise from formalising it.
When Jane was ten years old there came to live at the Rectory a daughter of Mrs. Austen's sister.