Jane Austen: My Lady of Subtle Wit

A Taliswoman Short

Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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Original artwork by the author

In retrospect, subtlety was lost on me as a teenager.

I would have denied it forcibly at the time, but I was a rather obvious child, all fiery wild-haired dramatics.

Quite the opposite of Jane Austen, who, if I’m honest, appalled teenaged me with her domesticity & her characters’ preoccupation with class & marriage.

As a fairly smart kid who loved reading & fancied herself a bit of a poet, 17-year-old me couldn’t conceive of the fact that maybe, just maybe, Jane Austen’s wit was above my head. That she, like the people in her novels, was locked in a gilded cage with as little hope for escape, or for survival outside, as a pet canary with clipped wings.

For her brilliant prose, composed as it was in that genteel captivity, Jane Austen is one of my Taliswomen.

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Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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