"not Jane Austen, not M-m-miss M-m-mitford."

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is a renowned English romantic novelist whose best known works include Sense and Sensibility (1811); Pride and Prejudice (1813); Mansfield Park (1814); and Emma (1816).

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Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855) is an English novelist remembered mainly for Our Village, a series of sketches documenting life in her home hamlet of Three Mile Cross in Berkshire.


Anthony Blanche is implying that the two novelists represent a particular kind of prim and proper Englishness.