Jane Austen is a fount of wryness. Here she is playfully, gently breaking some bad news of the state of some trees to their owner: ‘I will not say your mulberry trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.’
And if you liked these examples of understatement, here’s an earlier one you may have missed, a favourite.
Source: Jane Austen, letter, 31 May 1811, quoted on a postcard in a boxed selection of half a dozen of her finest lines.
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