With her glamorous personality, Eliza Hancock is believed to have been inspirational for a number of Austen's works.
She was born in India, and is often believed to be the natural child of her godfather Warren Hastings,
later to be the first Governor-General of Bengal.
Eliza died in April 1813, with Jane Austen at her bedside. Eliza Hancock and Austen had been quite close ever since Eliza arrived in England.