Lady Susan – Jane Austen

Lady Susan is a collection of letters about Lady Susan’s affairs after she moves to her brother-in-law’s residence after she is widowed.

A satirical look at how a seductress could socialise and manipulate relationships in spite of the limitations placed on her behaviour by the conventions of regency society, the viewpoint moves between narrators showing the horror and delight her friends, family and rivals have at her behaviour with men. Lady Susan is a basically feminist book, with women refusing to accept the position they are expected to take.

The male characters in the book lack detail and are generally assumed to have no grasp of the current situation, but all the women have strong personalities and views to manipulate and run their lives.

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