matters of fact


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With the editors' misrepresentation of the historical fact described in my letter and their dismissal of (l)-(5) as "not strictly matters of fact," they effectively relegate themselves to the rabbit hole of Alternative Facts, where false statements are true because they say so and inconvenient true statements are a matter of subjective interpretation.
These examples from Matters of Fact in Jane Austen demonstrate the density of research and detail that Barchas weaves throughout all of her chapters.
She is certainly right that more work is left to be done, but when finishing Matters of Fact, it's hard not to wish that Barchas would be the scholar to plumb the Austen novels not addressed in this study.