Subversive Heroines

Malala Yousafzai with delegates at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference (24188172254)
She doesn’t do the things heroines are supposed to. Which is rather Jane Austen’s point – Fanny is her subversive heroine. She is gentle and self-doubting and utterly feminine; and given the right circumstances, she would defy an army.
Susanna Clarke

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