Sir, Elizabeth Tremayne (Letters, December 19) is on the side of the angels, as poetically reported by Rudyard Kipling in “Jane’s Marriage”. Of all her fictional contenders, it was Captain Wentworth who won Jane’s love, and her hand in marriage in Paradise.

Kipling knew the field of potential suitors well. He is known to have “re-read” the entire Austen canon in 1915 during a family visit to Bath. He is also said to have found great solace in reading the novels aloud to his wife and daughters in 1917 after the wartime death of his son. Perhaps Captain Wentworth kept alive for him the qualities he had most esteemed and loved in that doomed young man and generation.

Gillian Clough

Zurich, Switzerland

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