[LMB] Ivan, idiots, and Austen

PAT MATHEWS mathews55 at msn.com
Wed, 04 Aug 2004 23:07:54 -0600

What would it take to move Ivan out of the "Ivan, you idiot" category 
without changing his basic nature? It occurred to me that Jane Austen's 
"truth universally acknowledged" would do it. Suppose he inherits a nice 
little estate in a quiet country district containing only a small town and a 
Service training base? He and, hmmm, how about Byerly? Fly out there to 
check it out. Enter matchmaking Mama.... <G>