Friday, September 11, 2009

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Lady Susan
by Jane Austen

Published: 1871
Genre: Epistolary, Historical (Regency)
E-text from: Molland’s Circulating Library
Rating: 4

Inspiration: A Soiree with Lady Susan hosted by Austenprose
Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie's Written Word

Description from
Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that will delight Austen enthusiasts with its wit and elegant expression.

My thoughts:
In-a-word: epistolary

To all Austen fans or new to Jane Austen works: If you haven't already, please head over to A Soiree with Lady Susan to learn about this wonderful piece of juvenilia.

This was my first experience of reading a story in letters-format. It was interesting to see how the flow of the story moved along well. Lady Susan was a pleasure to read and gives us a peek at Austen's earlier works.

I was tickled at one of the entries where Mrs. Johnson, Lady Susan's friend, addresses Lady Susan as "creature" in the salutation - such an affectionate and teasing term.

And, I was intrigued with the closings:

- Yours, &c.,
- Yours ever, &c.,
- Your affectionate, &c.,
- I am, &c., &c,
- I remain, &c., &c.,

The &c. (et cetera) is so eye-catching. I'm going to start incorporating that in my snail mail.

With this story I found the Frederica character as the template for Austen's Fanny Price character in Mansfield Park. (still working my way through this novel)

I wasn't too keen on the ending. It was too abrupt and left me questioning. I would have liked to see Lady Susan's perspective on Sir James. However overall, I liked how Austen portrayed such a free-spirited and seductive character that is Lady Susan.

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