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jane austen sketch Plain Jane: “A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”

-Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey

Obviously a  prod at her era’s ridiculous ill-treatment of “smart” women, Jane definitely didn’t conceal her knowledge of working words into beautiful sentences (thank goodness!). I often wonder if Jane had been a modern writer how successful she would be. She reveled in contradicting the status quo yet always maintained her point of view, dignity, respect, and, of course, her femininity without compromising her art.