Is there a mistake on the new £10 note?

Jane Austen features on the new polymer note

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The new polymer £10 has been unveiled. It features Jane Austen, one of Britain's greatest authors, famed for her subtle, biting irony, realism, and social commentary.

She also brewed her own beer. And no, the notes aren't vegan.

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Austen, who died 200 years ago today in Winchester in 1817, is the third woman – not counting the Queen, of course – to appear on British paper money.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney showed the new tenner off at Winchester Cathedral on Tuesday, and it'll likely be available for use in September. A limited edition £2 coin will also be put into circulation.

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As the Guardian has pointed out, some people are taking issue with the Royal Mint's portrayal of Austen, however, because the quote accompanying her portrait (drawn by her sister Cassandra) wasn't said by her, but one of her characters.

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!"

Debatable as it is, probably Austen's most famous novel is Pride and Prejudice (which she wrote aged 21!), and it's from there the quote is taken. It's a deceitful lady called Caroline Bigley who utters the words – and importantly, the ridiculous thing is is that Caroline didn't actually like reading at all.

Caroline simply said the words to try to pique the interest of Mr Darcy. In one scene, Mr Darcy is sat reading a book, so Caroline sidles up to him and pretends to read one too.

Austen writes that Caroline is "as much engaged in watching Mr Darcy's progress through his book, as in reading her own". The woman is "exhausted" even at the very prospect of reading, and after giving it a go, yawns, and mutters the now even more famous words.

It's quite amusing then that millions of £10 notes will bear Austen's image with a quote that falsely proclaims the merits of literature. It might not be a mistake at all. But we do wonder whether the person at the Bank of England tasked with choosing a quote has ever read Pride and Prejudice?

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