In the changing world that Jane Austen represents in her novels, there is a gradual movement from rural life and inherited estates to increasing urbanization and mobility. Select one of Austen’s novels to discuss this change as it affects the construction of the novel, the characters portrayed in the novel, or the themes treated in the novel.
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