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6 Lessons From Jane Austen - On Love, Life And Writing | Writers Write

The take-away from 'Northanger Abbey'

This incredible novel teaches us one important lesson worth being remembered throughout our lives: be curious. You must be curious and open to change, as only in this way you can succeed to grow.

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