Plain Jane: “The little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush as produces little effect after much labor.”
-Jane Austen in her letters
Jane was quite the humble artist. I can’t believe though she truly thought she was producing little effect with her novels. What I can believe though is that she was very familiar with the agony that sometimes comes with producing a beautiful sentence. Thank goodness she had a high pain tolerance.