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Charlotte Brontë to Jane Austen
This is a literary feud that I wouldn't have necessarily realized existed. I mean, who thinks of Charlotte Brontë when the topic of witty insults comes up? I had no idea until recently that she was basically the Dorothy Parker of the Victorian era. But she is. Well, ok, maybe not Dorothy Parker at all, but still. Way harsh, Char. Here she is on the topic of Jane Austen.
"Why do you like Miss Austen so very much? I am puzzled on that point. What induced you to say that you would rather have written 'Pride and Prejudice'...than any of the Waverly novels? I should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen, in their elegant but confined houses."