Who was too selfish and mean to discreetly rip it up.
Which would have been the “Austen” thing to do.
“Does this cap make my head look fat?”
Also? To get a PhD — not to mention become a BBC reporter who talks to PhDs — you have to be super duper smart!
The pencil drawing on vellum is inscribed “Miss Jane Austin” on the back. Byrne insists that “apart from the striking family resemblance”, this was the first clue as to the identity of the sitter.