Happy birthday, Jane
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Readers like Jane Austen for something else beside the Cinderella aspect of her stories. Though never married herself, Jane understood why happy marriages worked. Before the usual conclusion of her novels - a wedding - Jane has shown us enough married couples along the way - the Bennets, the Collinses, Admiral and Mrs Croft, the elder Musgroves, the Gardiners - to give us a fair idea of the characters who create enduring happiness, and those who don't. That is interesting to anybody interested in human relationships, even people with no intention of marrying.
Kindness, broad-mindedness, self-control based on core values, stability and adventurousness, fortitude and humour - those seem to be some of the keys to happiness for Jane. . .
Happily for her readers, she received support and encouragement from her brothers, who helped her get published.