This I find really a gem, and am so sorry of its being totally "untranslatable" to French! - except of course with tons of paraphrases.
Since I have started reading English litterature in English, three months ago (!), I have wondered about such a people, that could have an invaluable litterature, without having a proper language ("langue" in French).
Yet Jane Austen makes the most of it, and the result is that kind of gem.
I hope I have not hurt the English pride, I often express what I feel with "a selfish disdain of the feelings..." ;-)
(but Jane Austen's patriotisms sometimes "provoking me to retaliate" ;-) )