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Jane Austen 10-Pound Note Quote Out of Context?

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People in period costume pose with one of the Bank of England's new 10-pound notes, featuring British author Jane Austen, during its unveiling at Winchester Cathedral on July 18, 2017, in Winchester, England. (Chris J Ratcliffe-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 03:54 PM

The Bank of England's new Jane Austen 10-pound bank note unveiled Tuesday is already causing a stir because of a quote featured on the currency.

The note contains the quote, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” At first glance, all seems fine, but seasoned Austen fans know the quote came from "Pride and Prejudice" character Caroline Bingley, who did not enjoy reading and said the comment sarcastically. They wondered why the Bank of England would choose the ironic quote for the new polymer bill.

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, explained that he was aware of the satire but still felt the quote “work[ed] on many levels” and could be read straight or ironically, The Telegraph reported. It isn't clear whether the quote is being attributed to Austen herself, or to the character.

The polymer 10-pound bill will not rip and includes braille dots to be able to tell it apart from other denominations. A small number of animal rights activists objected to the trace amount of tallow — or animal fat — that was used to make them.

The new 10-pound bills will enter circulation Sept. 14.

Twitter followers seemed somewhat disheartened by the use of the quote on the note, calling the use “misunderstood.”

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