"Jane Austen was born before those bonds which (we are told) protected women from the truth were burst by the Brontes or elaborately untied by George Eliot... Jane Austen may have been protected from truth: but it was precious little of truth that was protected from her." - Chesterton
My daughters are fans of Jane Austen (I am not – a weakness, some would say). And now there is the movie Becoming Jane – a fictionalized account about Austen’s early romance. (Think Shakespeare in Love.)
One daughter has seen the movie and enjoyed it. It prompted her to pick up Emma again.
I naturally wondered if Chesterton had much to say about Austen.
I went on line and found a few quotes.
''Jane Austen may have been protected from truth: but it was precious little of truth that was protected from her.''
Then I found this article.
G.K. Chesterton and the orthodox romance of Pride and Prejudice
Renascence, Spring 1997 by Marian E. Crowe.
Food for thought.