Miss Bennet, meet Miss Austen. Miss Austen, Miss Bennet.

26 Oct


I’ve always loved the name.  So simple, yet rich, and dignified, and sweet.  So, well, Miss Bennet.  Or do I mean Miss Austen?  It must be time to pull out the Stupid Question category again.

When giving a character in your novel your own name you are declaring:

a)  you don’t have the creative energy necessary to come up with another name.
b)  this person is semi-autobiographical.
c)  that the characters in your novel are so far removed from your personal experience as an author that you can share a name with no further thought.
d)  nothing, so stop thinking about it.
e)  other.  Please specify.


Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Pride and Prejudice


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4 responses to “Miss Bennet, meet Miss Austen. Miss Austen, Miss Bennet.

  1. Stacy

    October 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    On this I shall ponder for days.

  2. Amy

    October 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    She also uses the name in Emma for Jane Fairfax, who, I believe is also supposed to be very beautiful. Hmm…..

  3. Christine

    October 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Her father’s name was George and the late Mr. Wickam’s name was George!

  4. Joyce Nickel

    January 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    There weren’t that many names in circulation in 1800–Catherine (Kitty), Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, Jane, Helen, Francis, . . . there were only like 15 names for women that people used.


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