Jane Austen’s Lessons on Civility

On the bicentenary of her death, Jane Austen is as popular as ever, and her portrait now adorns the new 10£ British note. It may seem puzzling that a writer whose stories take place in English villages and feature old-fashioned courtships could still appeal so strongly to 21st-century readers. Perhaps, it is just nostalgia for a simpler era, but it could also be a yearning for the virtue and honor manifested by so many of her characters. Civility should never go out of fashion and is badly needed in our political discourse today.