could not possess the shape or emphasis that it does

Jupiter_

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Chinese
'Austen is undoubtedly concerned with the precarious economic position of women and therfore, more broadly, with power and ineqality. (1)Her fiction could not possess the shape or emphasis that it does without the glaring injustice of 18th and 19th-century inheritance laws.'

Would anyone like to help me render the sentence(1) into plain words? I CAN NOT understand it...
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Jane Austen's storylines often revolve around situations in which "gentlemen" have all the power because they have inherited wealth and property, whereas the women characters, who have no such legal rights, are not in charge of their own destinies.
     
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