"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery "

This epigraph is a quotation from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and it is an indication, no doubt, of Stella Gibbons's intention to write a pleasurable and amusing book, extolling the virtues of harmony and order.

Later in the text the novel's heroine, Flora Poste, reads Mansfield Park  'to refresh her spirits', and we learn that she is an admirer of Jane Austen: ‘... when I am fifty-three or so I would like to write a novel as good as "Persuasion", but with a modern setting ...’(p.19).

 

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