*delightful new friend with shared interests*
As a second-year graduate student in English, the author signed up for a class “Studies in the Novel” and found himself reluctantly reading Emma, his first Austen story. He had been confident Jane Austen and her writing would hold nothing of interest to a twenty-something man of the twentieth-century. Instead each novel had life lesson inside for him, just waiting to be discovered, pondered, and incorporated into the way he would now look at the world around him. How awesome is that?! How can you not enjoy a dude proudly declaring that woman writer -from over two hundred years ago!- had important ideas to impart *and* that he was willing to put his manly pride aside to learn them!! Good stuff! He is now a devoted Janite and Jane Austen scholar.