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Lady Susan
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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'Of what a mistake were you guilty in marrying a Man of his age! - just old enough to be formal, ungovernable and to have the Gout - too old to be agreable, and too young to die.'The scheming and unscrupulous Lady Susan is unlike any Austen heroine you've met in this fascinating early novella.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
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i.besteph
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Something speaks about Jane Austen‘s talent and it astounds me every time, how she‘s remembered even after an entire century. This book is a testament to that.

It needed some getting used to but once I started I couldn‘t stop! This entire novel is a collection of correspondences between people. The plot becomes clear as we read these letters.
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i.besteph (….contd) The ending seemed a bit rushed and this may be my only critique for many of her works. Most of her novels that I‘ve read always seemed too rushed and ill-placed. If Austen were still alive, I‘d have written HER a letter saying, “Dear Madam, I need more TEA! Spill it for me!” 😂😂

Rating: 4/5
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eeclayton
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#MayWrapup I finished three books, and three more are in progress (two #pemberlittens buddy reads and my #bookspin The Love of a Good Woman).
Since I seem to have touched none of my listed books, I'm going to reuse my May list for June 😁 #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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DebinHawaii
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I‘m not sure how I got so behind this month on my #PemberLittens reads but I‘m now caught up with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Jane Austen at Home is another Matter entirely.🤦🏻‍♀️

Finished the final 5 Serial Reader issues of Lady Susan. I forgot how entertaining this novella is. Lady S. Is just so daringly bad for the times! My favorite quote from the book is ⬆️ & I think I‘m going to rewatch of Love and Friendship tonight.💜

#20in4 #readathon

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4w
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StolenBookmobile
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I LOVED Lady Susan. She‘s so dramatic………..I don‘t know how she keeps her stories straight. Thinly veiled barbs……this book was fun. Forgot to post this the other day 😂
#pemberlittens

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was such a fun novella! It reminded me a little bit of Dangerous Liaisons. It has the deception and love triangles but a lot of humor that Austen does so well! So happy to have read this with the #pemberlittens earlier this month!

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StolenBookmobile
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Still reading Lady Susan……almost done I believe. I had hope that Reginald had seen the light……but no…..thick as ever. At least for now.
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sprainedbrain Oh, Reginald. 🙄😅 1mo
StolenBookmobile 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 1mo
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myellenbee
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I'm so glad I found this group. I had never read Lady Susan before.
I think it is my new favorite Austen. I loved the epistilary form. It allows more revelation on the person's actual thoughts. Like Lady Susan looking forward to Mr. Johnson's death so the 2 will be free to conspire again. And Mrs Johnson's lament at Lady Susan's affair being found out."What could I do! Facts are such horrid things!"
Thanks #pemberlittens

sprainedbrain Happy to have you!! 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Welcome! 1mo
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Andrea313
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I so wish our wonderful Jane could have gone back to re-tool this one. There is so much there - devious Lady Susan, poor maligned Frederica, dim Reginald, potentially two-faced Alicia - and I would have loved to see the story and the characters more fully expanded. The last chapter, shedding the epistolary form, brings so much more life to everything. I wish we could have seen what more time would have yielded. #PemberLittens

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staci.reads
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Lady Susan was such a fun read! Even in letters, Austen creates such vivid characters. I would have loved for her to have reworked this into a complete novel, full of her depth and commentary on human folly! How fun it would be to see her fully-realized versions of Frederica and Reginald, to meet their developed characters and to watch their love story play out 😍 😔 #pemberlittens

Nute Pretty!🤩 1mo
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Christyco125
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I am not a fan of epistolary novels, but I really enjoyed this book. It could have been all of the scheming and scandals. Glad I joined in the #Pemberlittens read along.

P.S. @sprainedbrain I watched the Prime movie you posted. Sir James - He comes across as even more unaware than in the book. 😳

sprainedbrain Oh my! Did you like the movie? I still need to watch. 2mo
Christyco125 @sprainedbrain I didn‘t hate it. They gave it an extended ending which ties up all the loose ends. I did enjoy some of the over the top buffoonery though. 2mo
sprainedbrain Lol. Didn‘t hate it works for me! 2mo
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peanutnine
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this short epistolary novel. As others have said it was like tuning into my favorite soap opera each morning. So much drama!
I loved that the villain was the main character. Really none of the characters were very likeable, which made it more interesting.
My favorite quote was in describing Mr. Johnson as "too old to be agreeable and too young to die" ? Truly wicked women
#pemberlittens thanks @sprainedbrain for hosting

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I read Lady Susan last month as part of my #ayearofjaneausten. https://litsy.com/p/WURiVXd0UmF2

So fun to go back for reread with #PemberLittens @sprainedbrain and hear everyone's thoughts.

sprainedbrain ❤️ 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I honestly cannot believe I had never read this one before! It was absolutely delightful. I loved the contrast between Lady Susan's “polite“ letters and the ones she send to her best friend. I also was cracking up at the letters her sister-in-law was sending to the SIL's mother, full of polite rage. I definitely wanted more of this story, and it's fun to think of how it may have been fledged out into a full-length novel. Would Lady Susan have ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) remained the main character, or would have position have been taken over by her daughter? Frederica seems more in keeping with other Austen heroines, but we pretty much only hear of her secondhand here. All in all, great fun, and I'm so glad that the #PemberLittens inspired me to read this one!!

@sprainedbrain
#Pantone2022 @Clwojick
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melmes I have read only one novel of janes and I found it quite interesting. Would you recommend this? 2mo
KristiAhlers This actually turned into one of my favorites by her. Lady Susan was such a train wreck! I did the episode reading and it was like tuning into a soap opera 2mo
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peanutnine I love the idea of a version with Frederica as the heroine! She definitely did not get much say in all this, it would be interesting to see more from her perspective 2mo
sprainedbrain Great review! I also would have loved more of Frederica! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @melmes - I totally forgot to reply to this earlier!! I definitely do recommend this but it's just a short story - my copy was only 71 pages long - rather than a polished novel, so some of the characters are a bit underdeveloped and the ending is rather abrupt. But it's short and sassy and great fun, although completely different from her full-length novels. 1mo
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batsy
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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“Your husband I abhor, Reginald I despise, & I am secure of never seeing either again. Have I not reason to rejoice?” Lady Susan is a cold, brutal novella of a narcissist in search of her next prey. There are no murders, but this one reads like Gillian Flynn doing Jane Austen. Her short/unfinished fictions continue to take me by surprise. It makes me think that her published works had to be worked on & polished until it was suitably respectable.

batsy Thanks for being a great host @sprainedbrain and as always it was a blast to read this with the #pemberlittens 2mo
sprainedbrain Great review! I think you‘re right that her published work was probably very polished. She was savage. 😅 2mo
batsy @sprainedbrain Thank you 😘 And yes, she was! She had to blunt that sharpness to make it palatable, it seems like 😆 2mo
Emilymdxn I'd love to join in with Pemberlittens - I love reading all the posts 2mo
batsy @Emilymdxn You can check @sprainedbrain 's posts, but we've finished the main novels and now taking votes for books to read over every two months. We finished Lady Susan, but we're also currently reading Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley, hosted by @jenniferw88 and we're only about 5 chapters in so there's time to catch up 🙂 2mo
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AnneCecilie
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I loved this so much more this time than the first time I read, maybe I was more prepared for Lady Susan this time?

Lady Susan is really something and so manipulative.

I‘m so glad I reread this with the #PemberLittens
@sprainedbrain

Cathythoughts Beautiful material behind your book 💫 2mo
AnneCecilie @Cathythoughts Thank you. It‘s a blanket I‘ve had for years. 2mo
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sprainedbrain
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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This was a wonderful reread… I love the soap opera feel and the scandal, and Austen‘s vicious wit. So much fun! As others have said, I would have liked a novel-length version of this story, but I enjoy it for what it is—Jane was brilliant from a young age!

I do believe I may finally watch Love and Friendship.

Thanks to all of the #PemberLittens who read along, posted, commented, and just made this the usual delightful experience!

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sprainedbrain This was also my #BookSpin for May! 2mo
KristiAhlers This was a fun story. And a lot different from her originally published stories! That Lady Susan! 2mo
batsy It was so fun and quite brutal 😆 I agree that it's so different from her published works—same with Sanditon. 2mo
AllDebooks It certainly was a drama! 2mo
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sprainedbrain
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens Dramatic conclusion!

Mrs. J is now forbidden even to write to Lady Susan, on pain of her husband moving her to the country permanently, so the bitchy BFFs can now only hope that he dies soon, along with Mrs. Mainwaring, so Susan can have her man. Reginald retreats home, to the delight of his mom/sister, Susan drags Frederica to town intent on marrying her to Sir James, but ends up marrying him herself for lack of better options. ⬇️

sprainedbrain Frederica is returned to the Vernons, where her mother soon forgets her, and where everyone hopes to match her and Reginald, as soon as Reginald gets over his moping. 2mo
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Chili I love that Lady S ended with the dud Sir James! Hopefully Reginald won‘t be moping too long. I would love to see Lady S‘s face if he does marry Frederica. 🤣 2mo
KristiAhlers @Chili yes! I totally agree. To be a fly on the wall if that could‘ve happened 😂 2mo
MicrobeMom 😂😂 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly That guy must be Sir James. He‘s got the perfect Gilderoy Lockhart expression 😂 2mo
ravenlee The whole idea of spending months trying to force your child to marry some dude and then marrying him yourself just really gives me the creeps! 2mo
sprainedbrain @ravenlee well technically she was flirting with him herself before she decided he would do for Frederica. 😬 2mo
sprainedbrain @Clare-Dragonfly Yep! 2mo
ravenlee Exactly - it‘s not better. 🤢 2mo
mollyrotondo So happy to finally have read this one! It was dramatic yet so funny! Lady Susan and Alicia are so awful. I am relieved Frederica didn‘t get stuck with James. And that last line about poor Miss Manwaring was really sad. She did not escape the hurt in the end. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks It would be interesting to know if this one had become a full-length novel, if Lady Susan would have stayed the main character, or if that role would have passed to Frederica. This one was great fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 2mo
julieclair I‘m so glad to have finally read this one. Such fun! But I was disappointed in the ending. Lady Susan did not get nearly the public shaming and humiliation I was hoping for. I wanted to see her stock and pilloried in the public square with people throwing rotten tomatoes at her, lol! Instead, she landed on her feet, married to a rich guy, and probably continued her relationship with Mainwaring, despite wrecking the lives of his wife and daughter. 2mo
julieclair But I am glad Reginald finally came to his senses. But to think he is most likely going to end up with Lady Susan as his mother-in-law… how weird is that?! 2mo
julieclair @sprainedbrain Thanks for your excellent commentaries… I looked forward to reading them each day, and to the ensuing discussion. Thanks, too, for recommending the Serial Reader app. I had never heard of it before, but I really enjoyed using it. 👍 2mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks that's a great point. I would have loved the story to continue, to give us Frederica's much needed HE and 'Lady' S's comeuppance. 2mo
AllDebooks Such an amazing read from such an incredibly young author. Frederica reminded me very much of Mary Bennet 2mo
AllDebooks Thank you for your great summaries and headsup on Serial reader app. I've signed up for so many titles. X 2mo
MoonWitch94 I‘m glad to have read this one & @sprainedbrain have loved your commentary! 2mo
sb3626 This has been on my TBR for awhile now and I‘m so glad I read along with y‘all! It was really fun and enjoyable 2mo
SarahBookInterrupted I loved that it was a happy ending, just like I expect with all Jane Austen novels. I wasn‘t sure when Lady Susan was a pretty villainous character. It make me me enjoy her even more. 2mo
julieclair @AllDebooks You're right! Frederica is very reminiscent of Mary Bennet. 2mo
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eeclayton
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I found this short book delightful. Although the ending is rather abrupt and a bit of a letdown, the brilliant character studies more than make up for it. I love how each letter writer has their own distinctive voice, pretty much like the very recognizable utterances in the dialogues in Austen's later work. ⬇️

eeclayton It would have been interesting to see this one turned into a fully fledged novel like some other stories of hers, but it is a gem as it is, all the same. #pemberlittens Thanks for hosting @sprainedbrain ❤️ 2mo
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Librarybelle
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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A sheer delight! It‘s like watching a soap opera or am awful reality TV show - you cannot turn away! Lady Susan and her hurricane-like personality bursts onto the scene and leaves so much destruction in its path. This has the Austen wit we know so well with characters that will be hard to forget. #PemberLittens

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Such a fun little story! It suffers from the switch from epistolary to narrative at the end, but the nastiness of Lady Susan and her friend Alicia is highly entertaining, as is the way the women lead all the men about by the nose. I wish for all the couples in the end to have the happiness in life that they deserve! 😆 #PemberLittens

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jenniferw88
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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4.75 🌟

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sprainedbrain
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens

Today‘s dramatic Lady Susan action:

Susan is in town, carrying on her affair with married Mr. Mainwaring and plotting to put off her marriage to Reginald by pretending she has some honor (she doesn‘t). Reginald comes to town anyway, and Mrs. Johnson fails to distract him so Susan/Mainwaring can get it on. MRS. Mainwaring shows up and has a chat with Reginald & gouty Mr. Johnson. Reginald ends it, Susan fails to fool him again.😒

jenniferw88 Well done Reginald! I just hope Frederica isn't forced into marrying James (?) 2mo
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julieclair That meme! 😂 And I‘m so glad Reginald finally saw the light. Can‘t wait to see how all this finally resolves itself. I am so hoping that Lady S finally gets her very-much-deserved comeuppance. 🤞 2mo
BarkingMadRun 🤣🤣🤣 so accurate. May he stay strong and not falter again! 2mo
Chili Finally!!! It‘s about time Reginald woke up to Lady S‘s shenanigans. Hopefully he won‘t backslide. 2mo
MicrobeMom 😂😂🤣🤣! I am dying!!! 2mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2mo
batsy 😅😅 2mo
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KristiAhlers
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This was my first time reading with #serialreader and I loved it. This short story is told through letter writing. And I have to say each day was like tuning into my favorite soap opera. And I was so there for it. Thank you @sprainedbrain for guiding the discussion! I had so much fun reading with my fellow #pemberlittens

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megnews
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I love a good epistolary novel. This one was so much fun. So much melodrama packed into such a short read. I liked the @SerialReader issues…fell behind but then finished early because I had to know Frederica‘s fate. Great pick #PemberLittens! This was my #BookSpin book this month.

sprainedbrain It‘s my BookSpin too! 🎉 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I found this one just delightful - I can't believe I had never read it before! 2mo
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Andrea313
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Hold on your hats, there's a flurry of departures and near-departures: Reg will go! No, he'll stay! Sir James leaves! So will Lady Susan! Frederica is going, too! No, she's staying! Lady S's lackey Alicia is psyched to hang with her bff 'cuz her husband (who *barred Lady S from their house*) is headed to Bath. But then, ruh-roh, Mr "Uric Acid" Johnson gets wind of Lady S's travel and suddenly has a gout flare-up and can't travel- very convenient!

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LitStephanie
Lady Susan | Jane Austen

II. Susan congratulates herself on keeping flirtations to a minimum since her husband has only been dead four months: she has an affair with one married man, flirts with Sir James to get him away from that same married man's daughter, then manipulates Sir James into chasing her own daughter. She repents that she didn't marry James herself since her daughter is having none of it. Such a schemer, OMG this lady! 🤣🤣🤣

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Julsmarshall
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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The last few letters were so good, I couldn‘t stop reading! What a great finish! This felt both similar and very different from her other books. I though that epistolary format was really effective and added to the story. I think this could be modernized in a really interesting way. #pemberlittens #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I can't believe I've never read this one before! I'm enjoying it SO much! 2mo
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sprainedbrain
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Today in #PemberLittens Lady Susan:

Lady Susan writes to Mrs. Johnson to gloat about her manipulation of the situation at Churchhill and to make plans for a return to town, as she‘s still determined to make Frederica marry Sir James. Mrs. Johnson thinks Susan should marry Reginald (a fate his sister is dreading) while she can, and is happy to have Susan come deal with Mainwaring, though Susan is forbidden to be at Alicia‘s house by her husband.😂

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MicrobeMom
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#pemberlittens I couldn‘t help myself and I finished today. I have mixed emotions of this one. I found so many party hilarious and Lady Susan‘s antics very modern except that she hurt so many people with complete disregard. I felt Lady Susan could have been an amazing feminist figure if she wasn‘t a complete jerk. I found the treatment of her daughter disturbing and so I see no redemption for Lady Susan. I really enjoyed despite Lady Susan!

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ravenlee
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I couldn‘t resist finishing this a few days ago (also I forgot my other book for kiddo‘s Lego club, which is held in a library but I was trying to resist temptation). It‘s like kettle corn - salty, sweet, addictive, and then mysteriously all gone. It‘s not like the novels, not quite as good, but what is?
#DannyBoy is sulking because he‘s feisty and I won‘t let him wrestle with my bare hand. #catsofLitsy #PemberLittens

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sprainedbrain
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens:

Oh you thought Reginald was leaving? Nope!

Mrs. Vernon has to immediately write her mom with the bad news that Reginald is once again under Lady Susan‘s spell and has been manipulated into believing no one (including her daughter) truly knows or understands Susan. Susan does her level best to gaslight Mrs. Vernon over to her side (spoiler: it doesn‘t work). Sir James happily takes his leave, Frederica is still sad, Mrs. V is 😒.

BarkingMadRun Ugh this woman makes me nuts! 2mo
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Chili I want to slap Reginald! Wake up dude!! She‘s a manipulative bitch! 2mo
KristiAhlers @Chili right? It‘s almost like natural selection is trying to take place here. 2mo
KristiAhlers Lady Susan is such a…I don‘t even know what to call her. 2mo
julieclair As my mother would have said about Lady Susan, "She's a piece of work, that one." ? 2mo
mklong @julieclair Mine would have said “she sure is something!” 😂 2mo
AllDebooks LS is no lady. If only the Vernons/de Courcy could read LS's letters to Alicia. Her truly venomous nature would be indisputable. 2mo
SarahBookInterrupted I think she is the worst character that Jane has ever wrote. Usually there is something good even about the “bad” characters but not in this case. Rotten to the core. 2mo
Liz_M This book really makes me want to re-watch the movie based on the tagged book. Also epistolary, but the plotting, scheming, and bitchiness is on steroids compared to Lady Susan. 😁 2mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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I enjoyed this short book and how it‘s all put in letters. I do prefer Jane Austens novels, but this was a nice little taste from her. I also love Lady Susan as a character that causes chaos‘s everywhere she goes and that you never like her. It‘s different then the books. Quick and enjoyable read.

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Clare-Dragonfly
Lady Susan | Jane Austen

I‘m surprised by some of the slangy, modern-sounding language in this book! Reginald‘s account is “lame,” Sir James is “not up to par,” and Mrs. Vernon uses “infer” to mean “imply.” I wouldn‘t expect Lady Susan, or even Jane, to know much about golf, so I suppose the phrase “up to par” must have been in ordinary language already. #PemberLittens

myellenbee I noticed the slightly modern words too. I'm actually enjoying this epistilary style. It's a little more down to earth in how people talk to each other. There is much less on the style of clothing and polite society conversation that fills Austen's other books. 2mo
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sprainedbrain
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#PemberLittens, today in Lady Susan:

Susan is bitching again to the BFF, this time because her daughter has the audacity to continue to refuse to marry the weirdo she groomed for her. She‘s absolutely astounded to find that Reginald actually listened to Frederica and then took her side in the matter. They fight, and miracle of miracles, the spell is broken for Reginald and he‘s heading out, after begging his elated sister to help Frederica.

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nanuska_153
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Sir James arrives uninvited to stay,Lady Susan fears his visit might make her look like a bad mother.Frederica panicking writes to Reginald to ask her to interfere on her favour. Everyone realises that Lady Susan is trying to force her daughter to marry a dope. Reginald decides to leave feeling that he has seen the real Lady Susan. Mrs Vernon is happy but Lady Susan seems to think she has the power to change his mind

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Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2mo
MicrobeMom 🤣🤣 2mo
Julsmarshall Perfect! 2mo
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megnews
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Well, I was behind a couple days but got caught up this morning. I am absolutely loving this! #pemberlittens

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Andrea313
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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UGGGHHHHH SIR JAMES GO AWAY. This douche showed up and "talked a good deal..., mixing more frequent laughter with his discourse than the subject required (and) said many things over and over again." Frederica is NOT into it and sits silently through his blather. But she knows her mother is determined to have her marry the crashing bore, and she desperately appeals to Reginald to try and convince Lady S to give a girl a break. #PemberLittens

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sprainedbrain
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In today‘s #PemberLittens installment:

Lady Susan writes to her BFF to bitch about her daughter, who she clearly cannot stand,& Frederica‘s refusal to marry Sir James. She‘s hoping to orchestrate a town meeting for the two of them when she can afford it…

But then Sir James just shows up (uninvited) and decides to stay a few days (uninvited). The De Courcys are all astonishment, Frederica is appalled/terrified, & Lady S is on damage control.

ravenlee I‘m trying to decide if he‘s really ballsy or really clueless. Imagine showing up at some stranger‘s house like, “hey, I‘m an unwanted admirer of your houseguest. I think I‘ll stay for a while.” 2mo
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KristiAhlers @ravenlee I think it‘s yes lol. A little bit of both. Maybe like testing the waters. But you can‘t hate on me cuz I‘m a total tool 2mo
Chili He‘s got a lot of money right? That‘s the attraction for Lady S to pimp her daughter to him. Cuz he seems to be an idiot. 2mo
Christyco125 You have to be completely clueless to just drop in unannounced and say I thought I‘d hang with you lot a while so I can stalk my love interest. 2mo
julieclair Mr. & Mrs. Vernon must feel like they‘re in the twilight zone! What in the world happened to their quiet country life? 🤪😩😳 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly He‘s definitely too ballsy and/or clueless to have noticed that Susan doesn‘t even like him! @Chili A lot of money and a title. Wanna bet on whether Lady S had that Lady title before her own marriage? 2mo
Chili @Clare-Dragonfly I‘m sure she didn‘t. 😉 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - I thought the same thing! I've enjoyed the letters from Mrs. Vernon's perspective, basically politely saying “WTF?!“ 😂 2mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely 🤣 2mo
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks 😂 that‘s exactly what Mrs Vernon is saying in each letter to her mother. 2mo
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megnews
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Running a little behind posting my #BookSpinBingo board. My #BookSpin is tagged and is part of the #PemberLittens buddy reads this month. I‘m enjoying it so far.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 2mo
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nanuska_153
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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L.Susan's daughter,Frederica,tries to escape school to avoid marrying Sir James and is expelled,she is now living with the Vernons. She develops a crush for Mr De Courcy, who has no idea of her feelings cause he is too busy being in love with her mother. L. Susan finds how shy and awkward is Frederica in front of Mr De Courcy hilarious. Mrs Vernon really likes Frederica and hopes that someday she becomes her sister in law

#Pemberlittens

nanuska_153 On a personal note, I find Lady Susan cruel and offensive mainly because I share with Frederica her way of "flirting" 2mo
MicrobeMom 😂😂 2mo
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sprainedbrain
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I‘m today‘s #PemberLittens letters:

Mrs. Vernon continues to worry that Reginald is in Lady Susan‘s snare. Susan is seriously displeased when her teenage daughter tries to run away from boarding school rather than marry one of her mom‘s boyfriends. School won‘t take her back, & Susan is now displeased to have to live with her daughter, & does her best to make all hate Frederica. Mrs. V thinks she‘s ok for having been neglected her whole life.

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Andrea313
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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What a to-do! Frederica can't take it anymore (though we're not quite sure yet what "it" is), and she becomes a teenage runaway! Lady Susan thinks she was running off to elope and must be punished, but Mrs. Vernon sees only a shy, dejected girl dominated by her cruel mother. Frederica comes out of her shell so long as Mommie Dearest isn't nearby, displaying sweet manners, a gentle heart, and what is this...? A fondness for Reginald! #PemberLittens

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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In today‘s #PemberLittens letters:

Lady Susan writes to her BFF to let her know she‘s now got three men in play: Mr. De Courcy is besotted, but she‘s more into married Mr. Manwaring, and keeping Sir James as a spare.

Then, the De Courcy‘s have a collective freak out over how dumb/lovestruck Reginald is. Sister and mom are concerned, dad spells out his disapproval. Reginald isn‘t planning to marry her, but says everyone has Lady Susan ALL WRONG!

KristiAhlers But do they??? Asking for a friend 🤣. Lady Susan is so different from what I‘m used to reading by her. This is like watching a soap opera. And tune in tomorrow for the next episode of Lady Susan! 2mo
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Librarybelle I am so loving these letters! 2mo
sprainedbrain @KristiAhlers I just love the tone of these! 😂 2mo
julieclair @KristiAhlers A soap opera! 😂 And reading it in daily installments makes it seem even more so! 2mo
KristiAhlers @julieclair right? 🤣 2mo
mollyrotondo @KristiAhlers definitely feel the soap opera vibes too. I didn‘t think Lady Susan was like this. Are people wrong? According to the letters she is writing to Alicia she seems very mean girl-esque but I so wanted to believe she was an inspiration. I guess not? 2mo
Chili Lady Susan is a total bitch. She‘s playing Reginald like a violin just because she can. 2mo
batsy Reginald doth protest too much, methinks 😆 2mo
MicrobeMom I think I could totally love Lady Susan and her modern taste on romance and men, if she wasn‘t so awful to her daughter and everyone else around her. 2mo
Christyco125 What is with Mrs. Johnson, the BFF, is she living vicariously through Susan? She‘s seems really invested in the chaos. 2mo
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Andrea313
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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The De Courcy family is on high alert! Mrs V. believes that Reginald will propose to the vile Lady Susan, and Sir Reginald writes a cease-and-desist letter to his son. Reggie sends back a bemused response - Lady Susan is totally misunderstood, a very fine lady and a great mother! But marry her? ...Nah, my dude. Reg is just looking to spend some time with a real intellectual. (Do you believe him, #PemberLittens?)

MicrobeMom Oh he totally ♥️s her but I am thinking he might take an interest in the daughter. He does need an air and Lady Susan is so old at 35! 2mo
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nanuska_153
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Mrs Vernon writes to her mother asking her to make an excuse to get her brother out of the house and break the relationship with Lady Susan.Unfortunately her husband reads the letter and writes to his son to tell him how disappointed he is and how he will never forgive him if he marries that cougar. Mr De Courcy (Jr) writes back offended,he doesn't intend to marry Lady Susan but she is amazing and society treats her badly #Pemberlittens

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Andrea313
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Lady Susan is giving major Lucille Bluth vibes today; pretty soon she's going to be requesting a vodka rocks and a piece of toast, or dismissively telling Frederica to "go see a Star War." Mrs. Vernon is totally onto her shenanigans but Reginald can't see through her flirting, and prolongs his stay with some lame excuse about "hunting". #PemberLittens

quietjenn I love this comparison! So spot on. 2mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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In today‘s #PemberLittens Lady Susan correspondence:

Mrs. Vernon, having met in the flesh the dangerous creature known as Lady Susan, warns her soon-to-inherit brother in advance that she‘s a tricky one, but her warnings are for naught when her brother meets LS, sees she‘s hot, and ceases to be a rational creature.

Susan talks some crap with her mean girl BFF Alicia about everyone (including her daughter) that they are currently manipulating.

Julsmarshall She is so bitchy about her daughter! 2mo
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Christyco125 I know having children is a must in this time period but really couldn‘t she have just skipped that part of the job instead of tormenting her kid? 2mo
KristiAhlers I love how this story is so like mean girls today. Clearly we haven‘t evolved 🤣. Truly catty 2mo
Chili LS is definitely the head mean girl. I feel bad for her daughter, because that woman is a total bitch. Frederica would be better off being raised by wolves. 2mo
batsy I know, I'm already feeling super bad for her daughter! Lady Susan does not seem cut out to be the nurturing type 😬 2mo
AllDebooks I'm not a fan of LS at all atm, she treats everyone appallingly, dropped as soon as they're no further use to her. I wonder in what direction Austen takes her, redemption or comeuppance? Either way, I'm here for it. 😃 2mo
AllDebooks Also, must rewatch Mean Girls 🤣 2mo
mollyrotondo I‘m so frustrated that LS has attached herself to a married man. Even though Alicia also seems like a “mean girl” at least she has sense to tell LS that she can gain nothing further from Manwaring unless his wife dies and she‘s better off setting her sights on an available man like Reginald who will inherit a large estate. Alicia at least has sense right now 😆 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I was honestly relieved to hear that her daughter is at boarding school... that HAS to be better than living with LS, right?! 2mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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After 5 letters…..wow. Just wow. Lady Susan is such a Diva……always throwing shade. I feel like I‘m watching Dynasty 😂 #pemberlittens

batsy There is something of an Alexis to Lady Susan 😆 2mo
StolenBookmobile @batsy Yaaaaassssssssss 2mo
StolenBookmobile @batsy changed the picture 😂😜 2mo
batsy @StolenBookmobile Perfect 😂😂 2mo
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nanuska_153
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Lady Susan is determined that her daughter marries Sir Martin, but being a good mom she doesn't force her to accept him, instead she locks her in a school she hates and asks her friend to never entertain her so she is so bored she decides to marry Sir Martin.
Mrs Vernon is concerned her brother went from finding Lady Susan despicable to excusing her behaviour and praising her because she is beautiful.
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rabbitprincess Ahaha I had a similar reaction to the comment about Lady Susan being pretty despite being 35 😂 2mo
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nanuska_153
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Lady Susan has to leave the Manwarings,the Mrs hates her for flirting with her husband and with Sir Martin,a love interest of Miss Manwaring.Of course she did it all for her daughter who is not interested in Sir Martin but might change her mind.
L.Susan has no option but pretend she is mourning her husband,visit the Vernons,where the Mrs also hates her cause she tried to stop her marrying Mr Vernon.How can people be so resentful!
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