Jane Austen (1775–1817)

‘The Beautifull Cassandra’ is one of sixteen short works in ‘Volume the First’, a collection of juvenilia composed while Jane Austen was between twelve and fifteen years old. Consisting of twelve chapters compressed into three pages, this novella is a parody of sentimental literary convention and style: the heroine falls in love with a bonnet, ‘devours’ and refuses to pay for six ice creams, knocks down a pastry cook and runs away. This, according to the young Austen, was ‘a day well spent’.