I learned a lot, along with the author, about what Ms. Austen's novels were about: friendship, family, romance, love, making mistakes, wisdom vs. wit, character, feelings, making choices, change, learning, new experiences, boredom, loyalty, inner riches, reading, being useful, community, intimacy, and thinking.
Wow! I had no idea. And all that in just six novels written before her death in 1817 at the age of forty-one.
Really, this was a fascinating book and one I highly recommend. It won't matter if, like me, you have only read one of Ms. Austen's novels, the education is here. I highlighted many, many passages. I must say that sharing Mr. D's insights and experiences with the characters - Elizabeth Bennet, Emma, Anne Elliot, Catherine Morland, sisters Marianne and Elinor, and Fanny Price - has inspired me to give Our Jane another try.