Monday, July 23, 2007

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Lady Susan is a flirtatious, beautiful widow who knows how to get what she wants. The book is set up as a series of letters and tells the story of Lady Susan’s search for a husband for herself and her sixteen year old daughter. She’s deceitful and vindictive, the kind of woman you want to avoid yourself, and definitely keep the men you love away from. I may have my sons read this when they are older, to get a good picture the kind of woman they need to avoid! All her plans fall around her. A very pleasurable read.

First line, “My dear Brother I can no longer refuse myself the pleasure of profiting by your kind invitation, when we last parted, of spending some weeks with you at Churchill, and therefore, if quite convenient to you and Mrs. Vernon to receive me at present, I shall hope within a few days to be introduced to a sister whom I have so long desired to be acquainted with.”

Last line, “For myself, I confess that I can pity only Miss Manwaring, who, coming to Town and putting herself to an expense in cloathes, which impoverished her for two years, on purpose to secure him, was defrauded of her due by a woman ten years older than herself.

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