Decades of consideration of the Austen oeuvre have been distilled into this book. Each chapter covers a separate topic, such as monetary values, blushing, the comparative reputations of various seaside resorts and how proposals are made. Each argument is pinned down with copious references and quotations, but is always flowing and wears its erudition lightly. It made me realise that a rereading of her works is long overdue. Professor Mullan's pupils should consider themselves fortunate.
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