The thing about Jane Austen is, she was quite a bitch. I mean that in the most respectful, loving way possible. You can tell because of her narrative voice. Seriously:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
From the opening of Pride and Prejudice, as if you didn't know that already. This narrative voice belongs to a woman who has watched everyone around her bound by convention, and oblivious to its effects. She sees social obligation where others simply see "the way things are." I'm sure that, if you were like minded and a part of her circle, Jane Austen was a breath of fresh air. If you were just another sheeple, she was probably a bit tough to be around.
In any other era, Ms. Austen would have been brawling it up with abandon. She would have Tyler Durdened her way through high society, low society and all points in between. Want to know what that would have looked like? Check out Jane Austen's Fight Club, by the lovely ladies of Relatively Badarse Productions:
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