Jane Austen – the Backlash Begins

Lady Catherine de Bourgh up at Rosings is quite upset at the announcement that Jane Austen is to be the new token woman on the English banknotes. She says that Austen is a wild, undisciplined, relatively middle-class young gel, the daughter of a reputable enough clergyman, but one whose own ancestors were decidedly arriviste. Jane compounds matters by treating the upper classes as objects for mockery and amusement of the tradespeople that read her books.

Lady Catherine assures any who listen that, had she ever embarked on a literary career herself, she would have been sufficiently good to make it onto the fifty. The fact that this particular denomination has a reputation for frequently being a fake apparently does not bother her.


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