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Lady Susan (Classic Literature - Jane Austen) Paperback – 1 Jan 2014
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Inspired by "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", and written in a similar epistolary form, Lady Susan is one of Jane Austen's earliest finished works. In it, she reveals all the caustic wit and brilliant social satire of her later novellas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Inspired by Les Liaisons Dangereuses and written in a similar epistolary form, Lady Susan was one of Austens earliest finished works. In it she reveals all the caustic wit and brilliant social satire of her later novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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What is apparent in the book, but downplayed in the film, is her callous attitude towards her daughter. Where in the film it seems she has her daughter's best interests at heart, though managed in a ruthless and rather desperate way, in the book her motivation is entirely selfish. Indeed, Lady Susan in the book could even be read as psychopath: charming, manipulative, and devoid of a conscience.
The book is unfinished, ending with a Conclusion that sketches out further events. The film's end-scene echoes this but adds a definite note of triumph for Lady Susan.
The film took slight liberty, without spoiling story, but could have been told in flashback from that scene
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