Can’t remember the “i before e” rule? Don’t worry, neither could Jane Austen.
The beloved novelist — author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma — is known for her polished prose, her careful phrasing and her precise grammar. “Everything came finished from her pen,” Austen’s brother, Henry, said in 1818, a year after his sister’s death.
But now — though it may pain die-hard Austen fans — it turns out that Austen may have simply had a very good editor.