But while Austen’s sharp prose, ironic wit and vivid characterisation are all key to her appeal, Robens believes that it is the romantic entanglements of her strong-willed heroines that draw so many to the books.
“It’s women, in general, who fall in love with them,” says Robens. “It’s a truth universally acknowledged that women want to read about relationships.”
Men are physics, and women are psychology. My favorite Jane Austen quote: “One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other half.”
One of our cats is named Jane Austen: