This is a book about math, mirrors and crystal balls, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Village life? Sorta. The lives of the idle rich? I mean, sure, but only partially and incidentally. Romance? Barely. A morality tale of the Education of Young Lady?
The young lady stands for and does many more important things than that. These things provide the base of the novel, the initial bolt of fabric, the first few lines of a drawing that set the limits of the author to writing about these thousand things rather than the other million things that lie outside those lines.
From editors note
Originally dedicated to the Prince Regent. During the composition of this novel, Miss Austen remarked that she was " going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," while she afterwards: disclosed to her friends that Mr Woodhouse " survived his daughter's marriage, and kept her and Mr Knightley from settling at Donwell about two years.",