Mea Culpa: Finding Jane Austen’s other novel, Sense and Responsibility

John Rentoul on questions of style and usage in last week’s Independent

Saturday 13 February 2021 21:30
<p>Kate Winslet and Greg Wise in ‘Sense and Sensibility’</p>

Kate Winslet and Greg Wise in ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Mary Dejevsky, one of our brilliant columnists, seemed to come over a bit Jane Austen in her article about the flaws of the NHS. “Insurance-based systems can be more responsible to new demands or threats,” she wrote. I thought that perhaps this was a bit like Marianne in Sense and Sensibility saying: “I am not sensible of having done anything wrong.” 

But no, I think it was just a typing error, and Mary meant “responsive”. Shame, really. 

Fairest of them all: That article was “puffed”, as we say, on the front page, in one of those short headlines under a photo of the author across the top, known as the skyline. The “puff” said: “Mary Dejevsky: Is free healthcare really more fair?” To which the answer is, naturally: “No, it’s ‘fairer’.”

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