Lady Susan

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This month our book club read anything by Jane Austen. I took a look at my “Complete Works” collection and noticed a title I had not heard anything about: Lady Susan.

It was short and unknown and so I thought, why not?

In this book Austen explores the (deplorable) character of Lady Susan, a recent widow whose primary goal and source of enjoyment is to make men fall in love with her — whether they are married themselves or seeking after her own daughter’s hand.

Though the story is interesting, it’s almost like a rough draft that Austen got tired of. After writing several letters, Austen moves to a “Conclusion” where she just finishes the story, as though she got tired of the format or just ran out of time.


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