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In fact, all is very devilish and if it weren't for Jane Austen in the evenings we should be in despair ... We are reading her through. She is one of those writers who seem to not only improve by keeping but to develop entirely new adorable qualities. 'Emma' was our first. John sighed over Jane Fairfax — I felt that Mr. Knightley in the shrubbery would be happiness.

The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield. Volume 4, Letter To Elizabeth, Countess Russell, [c. 15 December 1921]


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