Apparently something of an inspiration to Jane Austen, which was enough to make me give it a go.Flowery, romantic and highly moral - harder work than Austen and it ends VERY suddenly at the end of Vol I, which was a bit of a shock.I really got into the flow of it though and was swept along with the drama.It's not for the impatient though, it isn´t a fast-paced plot and the mores and behaviour seem very alien to modern readers, frustratingly so at times!