Jane Austen's Manipulative Widows

This paper is an investigation of the widows found in Jane Austen’s Lady Susan and Sanditon, two unpublished works during her lifetime. The paper presents a careful close read of both Lady Susan and Lady Denham and their methods of manipulation in order to gain profit. The concepts of capitalism and colonization are also discussed within the paper to gain further understanding of the widows’ motivation for the incessant manipulation of the emotions of those surrounding them. They do this in order to acquire marriages that will provide financial security and high social standing; marriage is one of the few ways a person can instantly attain wealth during the Regency Era.