"My dear Alicia, of what a mistake were you guilty in marrying a Man of his age!---just old enough to be formal, ungovernable and to have the Gout--too old to be agreeable and too young to die."
Publisher's Summary:This high-spirited tale, told through an exchange of letters, is unique in Jane Austen's small body of work. It is the story of Lady Susan, a brilliant, beautiful and morally reprehensible coquette who delights in making men fall in love with her, deceiving their wives into friendship and even tormenting her own daughter, cruelly bending her to her will.
Austen clearly delighted in her wicked heroine - tracing Lady Susan's maneuverings to remarry yet continue on with her lover, and to marry off her young daughter, with great wit, zest and unfailing panache. (from Melville House)
There's nothing quite like discovering a new work by a favorite author, and while
may be considered one of Jane Austen's minor works, her wit and wisdom shine through on every page.
Lady Susan Vernon is a classic Austen villain. You never know what will appear in her next missive. It could be something like the outrageous quote above, or you may find a small pearl of wisdom.
"...where there is a disposition to dislike a motive will never be wanting"
Epistolary novels have long been a personal favorite, and it's no surprise to find Jane's execution simply masterful. My sole complaint is that the book was too short. The letters ran out long before my interest in their subjects.
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