Austen goes up to the counter and orders a cinnamon spice latte. The barista is a bore. The man behind her in line orders exactly what she orders; he too is a bore. He is handsome in the conventional sense, but there is no chance they could ever be married.

Non sono capace di dimenticare presto, come dovrei, le follie ed i vizi degli altri, e nemmeno le offese fatte a me stesso. I miei sentimenti non ubbidiscono ad ogni tentativo di suscitarli. Ho un carattere che si potrebbe definire risentito. E la mia stima, una volta persa, è persa per sempre.
—  Jane Austen, Orgoglio e Pregiudizio

“I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my life, & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No - I must keep my own style & go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.”

-Jane Austen in her letters

On the 28th of January 1813 the world was first introduced to Pride and Prejudice.

It was advertised as being ‘by the Author of Sense and Sensibility’ and sold for the higher price of eighteen shillings; and was immediately reviewed extremely favourably, with particular attention given to Elizabeth Bennet’s character. 

Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.

Happy 202nd Birthday!