known for writing the perfect novel. Her portrayal of the cultural setting was precise and concentrated on the country gentry. She relied on her readers' familiarity with the culture and nuances of the era. Today many readers do not possess such awareness. We shall explore this through her early novels as her writing style evolves. She is renowned for her ironic irony, and many feel she never wrote a bad sentence, mostly with tongue firmly planted in cheek. We start by exploring her first book (optional reading), Northanger Abbey. Then we shall read Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.