The Oct. 22 Style article “Keep Austen weird,” about the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual meeting in the District last month, gave some of that event’s flavor. But the article missed the gathering’s three main focuses. Most of the talks centered on Jane Austen’s nuanced insights into human nature, with all of its complexity, and on what we could learn from her insights. The second focus was on what, in Austen’s background and environment, led to her choice of topics, and to her insights. The third focus was on her remarkable literary innovations and why the full import of her multilayered novels can be discerned only by reading each of them more than once.
Julie and John Hornstein, Silver Spring