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Jane Austen

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If you don't mind indulging me, I want to remind you, as we labor over our editing, of the sheer pleasure in reading. 

Barbara Pym, whose work Philip Larkn championed, was a writer whose work could stand up to comparison with Jane Austen's in its attention to the telling details of domestic life and its delicious understated irony. 

Here, in a passage from Excellent Women, Mildred Lathbury, the narrator, is taken to meet Everard Bone's mother:

I thought I had better revive the conversation which had lapsed, so I commented on the animals' heads in the hall, saying what fine specimens they were. 

'My husband shot them in India and...