Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen


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Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen Symbols

The City of Invention

The City of Invention, a metaphorical place that Fay invents to show Alice the richness and excitement of reading fiction, represents the infinite realities that fiction makes possible. Fay tells Alice that all authors are…

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Alice’s Novel

The novel that Alice wants to write—and eventually does write—serves as a symbol of the complex reality of being a creative woman. At first, Fay discourages Alice from working on the novel, telling her that…

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Bread Rolls

Throughout Fay’s letters, the bread rolls that her sister Enid bakes for her husband, Edward, symbolize the difficulty in separating art from reality. The crux of the conflict between Fay and her sister…

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