Wednesday, August 07, 2013

On happy endings

(This "golden oldie" NRJW post was originally published on May 10, 2008.)

One of the great things about reading and writing romance novels is knowing that no matter what goes wrong in the story world, emotional justice will be served by the novel's end. So I smiled just now when I came across this:

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore every body, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.

--Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

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