It is of my opinion that Lady Susan is on par with some of Jane Austen best work. Maybe the implementation of the epistolary as the literary device for the book suited the dialogue or conversational tone of the story. Could you imagine if the structure used in her other novels was the medium for story telling? Most likely the lively chatter I conceived from the lines would be bland.
Shortly before sleep yesterday, I thought since I shared my review of Jane Austen’s seven main novels, I should share my general views on the rest of her work today.
The Watsons unfinished piece was just an interesting enough writing in my humble opinion. The love triangle in the story did not stir me with a vengeance. I do not believe my judgement is influenced by the fact that the novel is incomplete, I know how the story would end. Well at least I think I would know based on Mr. Austen-Leigh’s explanation of Jane Austen confiding to her sister Cassandra details on how the novel would end. It is true she may have revised the story as she did to her other novels but The Watsons did not excite me tremendously.
Is it me or Austen wanted to show ridiculous Sir Edward Denham unintelligible comment were at times? Oh this incomplete novel held my interest. From the questionable ill disposition of three of the Parkers siblings to the inclusion of a different rich Lady, in the name of Miss Lambe. The appearance of Miss Lambs reflects Austen’s attention to the social and economic changes in English society. At that time period England profited from enslaved sugar production in the West Indies. Hence, there were many Creole English families in the islands. It is just interesting to read about Austen inclusion of such life in Sanditon and how the others characters respond to the West Indians
Juvenilia Volume III
Of the two stories Catharine Or The Bower stands out for me. Catherine strikes me as one of the few of Jane Austen female characters who does not breath solely for clothes, high society.