"They might mean simply a few remarks about Fanny Burney"

Frances Burney (1752-1840), who was also known as Fanny Burney, and by her married name of Madame d'Arblay, was one of the earliest English female novelists. She was also a playwright and diarist.

Of her four novels, Evelina (1778), Cecilia (1782), Camilla (1796) and The Wanderer (1814), none has achieved lasting popularity, although Jane Austen is said to have enjoyed her work and been influenced by it.

However, critical interest in her diaries (published posthumously in 1841) has been sustained over the years, mainly because of the fascinating insights they offer into the nature of 18th century life.