DEAN: Wow, she brings me cookies. How can I repay her?
RORY: How about a little Charlotte Brontë?
Charlotte Brontë (1815-1855) was an English novelist whose works have become literary classics. Her best known novel is Jane Eyre (1847).
It might seem natural to go from Jane Austen to Charlotte Brontë, as they are both 19th century female authors – it almost seems as if Rory is devising a reading programme for Dean. They are quite different in style and approach though, so Rory shouldn’t assume that just because Dean liked Emma he would enjoy reading Charlotte Brontë.
Charlotte Brontë herself disliked Jane Austen, although she was probably justifiably prejudiced from having her own works compared to Austen’s.