Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen is an interesting pairing of texts. The immediate observation is that Weldon depends on Austen for her text. The latter part of the title, “On First Reading Jane Austen”, alerts us to this fact. This dependence on the earlier canonical writer is further confirmed as we read on and follow the meandering argument about the value of literature, focusing on Austen. Austen’s novels are each given some consideration as the argument develops, but Pride and Prejudice, the best known of the novels, probably due to the popular film adaptations (one of which Weldon herself wrote), features significantly. Weldon cites the book specifically, she explains the historical, social and cultural contexts of the novel and she makes some very provocative comments on how we should read Austen. All of this creates a reaction in the reader, who may be tempted to follow the interpretations of Weldon’s alter ego, Aunt Fay, or may choose to completely ignore or even attack Aunt Fay’s views. The reaction depends on the reader and how deeply involved with Austen the reader is. And this is the relationship that I believe is the most important when we read Weldon against Austen or vice versa. The reader’s own identity and his/her relationship with the earlier text will be the guide for the way in which the two texts are regarded. As Weldon tells us, “You the reader are as involved in this literary truth as much as the writer”.