Cortney Howes shares her thoughts on two short stories from Jane Austen:
Lady Susan and Love and Friendship. Both of these short stories were very entertaining and easy
to follow. Juliet McMaster in her article, Young Jane Austen states, 'I would argue… that if you don’t know the juvenilia, you don’t know
Lady Susan is about a mother who is recently widowed. She
spends her time flirting with married men and getting them to fall in
love with her and then moving on. Lady Susan is the evil of this story
but also the entertainment. I was always wondering what she was going
to do next!
Love and Friendship is a highly dramatic story of two
women and their emotional life. Austen is obviously making fun of the
dramatics that women use when something bad happens to them or one of
their loved ones.
These works are argued to be not as mature as her other popular novels; however, I really enjoyed them. I would highly
recommend both of these short stories!"