Having only read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen this short story was a very different offering from the author. I will admit that I am only used to the romantic side of Jane’s writing so the characters in Lady Susan were a whole new experience for me. The novel is set out in the form of letters written between the characters. I absolutely am a sucker for books written in this way and I think it is a fitting setting as that is the main way that people communicated in Jane’s life.
As for the characters themselves, the only one I really had any sympathy for was Lady Susan’s daughter who through no fault of her own suffers terrible torment at the hands of her uncaring mother. For all of Lady Susan’s supposed attributes she dearly lacks in manners, credibility and basic human kindness. As I stated above, the characters are not what I have experienced from Miss Austen, I was glad of the experience as it shows that even though she was known for her romantic characters, and her stories where love wins out in the end, that she was capable of creating characters of lesser qualities.
If you enjoy Miss Austen’s books and have not read Lady Susan I highly recommend it be added to your reading list.