Great news for Austen lovers! Jane Austen‘s image will be replacing Charles Darwin’s on the 10 pound note. This makes her the third woman to appear on British currency after Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Fry.
This comes after protests that with the replacement of Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill, the only woman depicted on British banknotes would be the Queen. The bill also includes a quote from Pride and Prejudice, but I can imagine that it was difficult to resist making it “money is the best recipe for happiness.”
Look, personally, I’m not a Austen lover. I think her books are mercenary to the point of being terrifying (and I do love money). I also think she’s responsible for generations of women thinking that if a man seems cold and completely disinterested inyou, and kind of rude to your family, that means he is your ideal lover. I really do side with Mark Twain when he said that, “Just the omission of Jane Austen’s books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn’t a book in it.” He also said that “Everytime I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” But, you know, that just seems mean.
Meanwhile, I’m so much a fan of Winston Churchill that I kind of think he’s the reincarnation King Arthur. Pretty keen on Darwin, too. Who doesn’t love monkeys? In spite of that, I still feel they made a good choice, here.
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