Jane Austen never really finished this book. Therefore, it was published as a short novel. Though it has an end, the author just never refined her work.
I would have loved to see this as a complete novel, I'm sure it would have been one of her very good ones. Lady Susan is one of those very selfish women who searches a suitable husband for her daughter. There are a lot of letters that show the character of Lady Susan as she seems to alter it with every letter and every person that is supposed to receive that letter.
I love Austen's letters. She is the ultimate letter writer. We don't just see Lady Susan's letters but also those of all the other characters. And with every letter you can find and understand Lady Susan's personality a little better. I have thoroughly enjoyed this short book and was sad when it ended.
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