I proposed in THIS post that William Walter Elliot was Austen’s most sociopathic character. There were other proposals, but I have to thank Lani for suggesting Lady Susan Vernon of Austen’s Lady Susan.
DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!
I just have to wonder why no character as nasty ever made it into any of the six major novels of Jane Austen. Lady S. makes all the bad girls you can think of from TV look like absolute pikers.
But I’m not sure her friend, Mrs. Johnson didn’t out manoeuvre her in the end.
Give Lady Susan a try and see if she doesn’t give WWE a run for HIS money!
Take care–Susan Kaye