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Jane Austen was one of the UK's greatest ever writers. You've probably heard of her, the Bank of England put her on the tenner this year.
A testament to the author, dead for 200 years, was provided by Andrea Leadsom in the House of Commons:
Oh dear Leader of the House Andrea Leadsome just described Jane Austen as 'one of our greatest living authors' — Kevin Brennan MP (@Kevin Brennan MP)
A recent article in the Washington Post described her as...
...the master of the marriage plot.
The Washington Post tweeted the article, with the headline:
Jane Austen was the master of the marriage plot. But she remained single.
Jane Austen was the master of the marriage plot. But she remained single. https://t.co/BwBp51el8U — The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)
you'd be amazed at how many crime writers have never even murdered ONE person. https://t.co/pYwW3f6qZg — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Gavia Baker-Whitelaw)
I have never flown in a spacecraft, fired a gun (other than an air rifle), fought in a cage, pulled off a big-money… https://t.co/1pVdAbjTC5 — Mike Brooks (@Mike Brooks)
I have never soul-bonded with a mountain and controlled a giant stone mech, AND YET... https://t.co/UBdubJ3cpu — Jen '100% Skyrim trash' Williams (@Jen '100% Skyrim trash' Williams)
I have admittedly tried to evangelise to inhuman forces and play puppet master to their woes but it was at a Live R… https://t.co/qlHJWC4OVx — Jeannette Ng 吳志麗 (@Jeannette Ng 吳志麗)
I have never rescued my nephew from slavers, ridden in the consciousness of a god, murdered my commanding officer,… https://t.co/ga3oLEMrID — Joanne Hall (@Joanne Hall)
Retweet if you're a fantasy writer who has never ridden a dragon or a sci-fi writer who has never piloted a spacesh… https://t.co/B4XCrfaoAa — Jonathan Ward (@Jonathan Ward)
Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Medal for a book set in a graveyard. But he remains alive and unboxed. https://t.co/AlHT4j2lwq — Neil Gaiman (@Neil Gaiman)
Stephen King was the master of the horror plot. But he remained a non-supernatural being. https://t.co/RjuAhAKu8k — ryan teague beckwith (@ryan teague beckwith)
JK Rowling is a master of telling magical tales. But she remains unable to cast a spell. https://t.co/e12B16Iqf7 — Get Jinxed (@Get Jinxed)
HG Wells wrote The Time Machine. But he never travelled in time. https://t.co/UdibT6Qsh4 — Gareth L Powell (@Gareth L Powell)
@washingtonpost Jane Austen, Emily Brönte, Louise May Alcott - all unmarried.
Huh. It’s almost as if women who ca… https://t.co/VCXsCw6JWJ — CaitlinCarrigan (@CaitlinCarrigan)
In fact, the most apt way of retorting to the tweet was probably this:
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