"Oh, just some guy who was born in Bristol, my home town."
Later on, I had this conversation with a colleague of mine, a data network designer. I explained that my wife was a big fan of Jane Austen and I had asked her to imagine the following conversation.
"Jane, in our day the biggest company in the world is Microsoft."
You see, Jane would know what a big monopoly company was. In her day it was the East India Company.
Jane would say, "That's interesting. What do they make?"
And I would reply, "Absolutely nothing. There's nothing which Microsoft makes which you could pick up in your hands and say 'that's what they make'."
My designer colleague said, "Who's Jane Austen?"