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Rescued From Misery

November 27, 1988

Tell Melinda Bergman Burgener, "A Pilgrimage to Jane Austen Country" (Nov. 13), that I, too, was rescued from misery by the delightful Jane Austen, under whose portrait I dined every night as a child (Dad is an English literature scholar), and to whom I gave not a moment's thought until I discovered her on my own. Then, during a lonely year in London, I picked up a copy of "Pride and Prejudice" and was overjoyed to read so much of what I was thinking, but which I could not yet articulate. I was 14 years old. I am now nearly 30 and I still read Austen regularly.

JANE PINNEY FAULKNER

Santa Barbara

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