Plain Jane: “The world may know my words, but it has no such privileges with my heart.”
-Jane Austen in her letters
When an author as prolific and popular as Jane can say that her inner-self is elusive from her work, that is good writing indeed. The best authors are ones who you cannot hear speaking through their words. When they create characters they create them without putting themselves into them. “Incandescence” is what it’s called in English-major world. In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf says Shakespeare reaches incandescence in his work. It allows the writer to create so much diversity in character because they are not only limited to their own point of view, but can explore and relate other viewpoints in a way that is convincing and real.
Plain Jane: “Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”
-Jane Austen in Emma
So true. So often are words contorted to serve our own purposes. Very few have the gift to describe human emotion the way writers like Jane can, and to expect the common man to find the perfect words to define his needs, desires, emotions, dreams, and ideas without a little benefit of the doubt is a little harsh. I was, and always will be, an English major, but overlooking a few misplaced words I think is a necessary skill in navigating the world of human interaction.