Thomas L. McDonald writes about the decision in the U.K. to replace the face of the scientist who studied pigeons with that of the author who wrote about pride and prejudice on updated currency. He doesn’t focus on the fact that a woman’s face has replaced a man’s face on the ten pound note. Instead, he is happy to see Jane Austin given the honor where Charles Darwin once had a place . He writes:
My late, beloved cousin, friend, and mentor J. David Grey (Austen expert and co-founder of the Jane Austen Society) is doing a victory lap in heaven.
I’m so pleased I’m not even going to take a poke at Richard Dawkins, except to say the world needs more Jane Austens than Charles Darwins.
UPDATE: One of my cousins suggested America should do the same.
I’d nominate Washington Irving (America’s first truly great man of letters, and a fine and entertaining writer) to replace borderline psychopath Andrew Jackson on the $20.
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