so...as i've mentioned, the book is set in regency england and focuses on three best friends struggling to spread their wings at a time when girls were expected to sit quietly and sew well.
it's probably no surprise that i'm an Austen fan. so, when i'm not writing, recently, i've been reading Lady Austen...and here's the thing that blows my mind--her ability to write sentences as a narrator that also sound like they're from the mind of the character. She knows her characters so well, she can speak as author and subject all at the same time. It's completely incredible.
Example, from Emma:
"Altogether Emma was quite convinced of Harriet Smith's being exactly the young friend she wanted -- exactly the something which her home required. Such a friend as Mrs Weston was out of the question. Two such could never be granted. Two such she did not want. It was quite a different sort of thing -- a sentiment distinct and independent."
Each clause in that phrase is laced with Emma's personality (a perfect blend of the sweet and the obnoxious), despite it being in the voice of the narrator. And Austen does this over and over in all of her books.
I'm in complete awe of her. Seriously.