Wednesday, 23 January 2013


On the 28th of January, 1813, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published. It has been amazingly popular ever since.
It has been made into four movies
and countless spin-offs
and at the P&P 95 Forever Club is celebrating by holding a competition.
Here is my entry: a letter of congratulation to Jane Austen upon the publication of Pride & Prejudice from Mrs. Phillips.
My dear Miss Austen                                                                                             
Congratulations upon the publication of your novel. I like it very well. However, there are a few things I would like to draw to your attention. To begin with, I am very proud to  think of my niece as being a celebrity heroine. I will not deny that I myself played a key role in the development of the story. I did my best to encourage my niece's marriage with Mr. Collins. I am sorry it went off. I believe (not to impute any interference to Mr. Darcy) that the book should have been much more of a success if Elizabeth had married Mr. Collins. I think the hero is insipid and unemotional. And extremely haughty. If you plan to write another book, make the hero gallant and talkative. I should love myself to feature in it, preferably as the heroine........Oh, whoops, I am already married.....may I be the heroine's mother? Just a thought, however. Again congratulations.
 My kindest regards,
Mrs. Agatha Phillips
P.S. Mr. Phillips has also read your novel and enjoyed it greatly, apart from the fact that "dashing" would be a better word to describe him than "stuffy."

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