Posted by: Kirk | December 16, 2020

12/16 Happy Bday Jane Austen……..

Jennifer Redlarczyk

December 16, 2018  · Happy Birthday Jane Austen and Ludwig van Beethoven. December 16 is certainly a glorious day for lovers of literature and music! ♫

Eileen Collins

7h  · JANE AUSTEN’S BIRTHDAY:DECEMBER 16thOn December 16th 1775 the wonderful Jane Austen was born at Steventon in Hampshire. Mrs Austen had written to Mrs Walter [wife of George Austen’s half-brother William -Hampson Walter] on August 20th of that year:”We are all, I thank God, in good health, and I am more nimble and active than I was last time, [this was Mrs Austen’s seventh pregnancy] I expect to be confined some time in November.”But November came and went, and it was not until well into December when Rev George Austen could pass on the good news of Jane’s birth to Mrs Walter. He wrote:”You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age [George was 44 and Cassandra was 35!!] grown such bad reckoners but so it was, for Cassy certainly expected to have been brought to bed a month ago; however last night the time came, and without a great deal of warning, everything was soon happily over. We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny, and seems to me as if she would be as like Henry, as Cassy is to Neddy. Your sister thank God is pure well after it, and sends her love to you and my brother, not forgetting James and Philly…”The winter of 1775 was one of the bitterest for many years so that Jane was privately baptised on December 17th and not taken to the freezing Steventon church till the following April. (From “JANE AUSTEN: A FAMILY RECORD” by W.A. and R.A. Austen-Leigh)Pic 1:Silhouette, believed to be of Jane Austen Pic 2:A Drawing of Steventon Rectory, where Jane Austen was born, by Anna Austen Lefroy

Nathalie Novi

12h  · A very happy birthday to my lovely Jane Austen!« le Musée imaginaire de Jane Austen » texte de Fabrice Colin, éditions Albin Michel 2017. En vente chez tous nos merveilleux libraires.“The imaginary museum of Jane Austen” Albin Michel publisherA very happy birthday to my lovely Jane Austen!′′ Jane Austen’s Imaginary Museum ′′ text by Fabrice Colin, editions Albin Michel 2017. For sale at all our wonderful booksellers.“The imaginary museum of Jane Austen” Albin Michel publisher

Friends of the Rochester Public Library

14m  · Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!FAMOUSBIRTHDAYS.COMLearn about Jane AustenFun facts: before fame, family life, popularity rankings, and more.

Jane Austen Society of Australia

December 13 at 2:01 PM  · Celebrating Jane Austen’s Birthday – JASA Christmas Lunch On Saturday we held our annual event to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday. What a wonderful event it was; everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved being out and socialising with friends. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice through games, trivia and watching clips (the lake scene was one of them, of course!). Thanks to Jenny Reeves for organising the event and Dianne Speakman, Amanda Jones and Suzi Chosid for organising the entertainment. We also took time to thank our President, Susannah Fullerton, who has done a wonderful job ensuring that we continue to hold events in this extraordinary and challenging year. Susannah has worked even harder to make sure that JASA continues to run as many events as possible and showed immense courage leading in this difficult year.

Samuel KeeleHappy Birthday Jane Austen Celebration!

9 hrs  ·   · Too bad we can’t have a proper Jane Austen Party! Complete with a Ball in a Ballroom. One of these days…

Jennifer TozerJane Austen Fan Club

17 hrs  ·   · Happy Birthday, Jane!!

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National Trust 

5h  · Happy birthday, Jane Austen.Fans of her work will be familiar with the special places in our care that feature as locations for screen adaptations of her best-loved books. Can you tell us the names of these places and the title of the TV series or film in which they appear? Extra points if you recall any scenes that were filmed here. No prizes, this one’s just for fun.

Jane Austen Society of NA- St. Louis

Page · 524 like this · Nonprofit Organization1 hr  ·   · Happy birthday to Jane Austen, born on this day in 1775!

Page · 1.9K like this · Education Website7 hrs  ·   · Jane Austen’s Birthday Dec 16, 1775surfnetkids.comJane Austen » Resources » Surfnetkids

Jasna Dayton

Page · 278 like this · Nonprofit Organization1 hr  ·   · Happy birthday, Jane Austen! Is anyone celebrating our favorite author today (or this week)?Jane Austen Society of North America’s postJane Austen was born this day in Steventon, Hampshire, 245 years ago. Today we celebrate the gift of Jane! “We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny….” — Rev. George Austen, in a December 17, 1775 letter

Betty Parker EllisHappy Birthday Jane Austen Celebration!

11 hrs  ·   · Champagne is chilling. I’m ready for it!!!

Jane Austen London Group

December 12 at 5:28 PM  · 2020 is a year few of us would like to see repeated. Still we are grateful to have Jane Austen and her work to comfort and encourage us through the difficult time. Today, thanks to the devoted effort by our group’s committee, and technology, transcending time and space, we celebrated Jane Austen’s birthday, virtual style. Reading of selected exerts from Jane Austen’s novels and others, and the annual toast to her by our patron, Professor John Mullan, lifted our spirit and put smiles on everyone’s face. Happy Birthday Jane, we love you!!

Helen LightbodyMill Park Library Book Club

2 hrs  ·   · Happy Birthday Jane Austen! Do you have a favourite book written by her?facebook.comState Library Victoria’s post🎂 Happy birthday to Jane Austen! ❤️ The English novelist who revolutionised the literary romance was born on this day in 1775. To celebrate, we look at how her work continues to influence popular culture and explore the Library’s wonderful Jane Austen collection. Read more on our blog here:

Jane Austen’s House@JaneAustenHouse
·Well, how’s this for a birthday cake?! An entirely edible gingerbread Jane Austen’s House! Created by the talented Brittany Richmond and Emily Knapp in response to our #janeaustengingerbreadchallenge! Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! #janeausten#janeaustenshouse

·“We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy, and a future companion. She is to be Jenny.” – George Austen. Happy 245th birthday Jane Austen born #OTD 1775!

Taller Literario de Jane Austen@TaLitJaneAusten


245 years ago this mesmerizing woman was born and she gifted us with her now celebrated ironic novels laced with romantic and comedic events where her diverse characters take the lead and try to make the best of their lives while immersed in the society they live in. 1/3 EN10:14 PM · Dec 15, 2020·Twitter for Android3 Retweets7 LikesTaller Literario de Jane Austen@TaLitJaneAusten·Replying to @TaLitJaneAustenThank you so much, Jane Austen!!

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What a pride and joy is to be able to read and comment you and your works. What a pride and joy is to be able to find dedicated people to share these readings and commentary with!! 2/3 EN12Taller Literario de Jane Austen@TaLitJaneAusten·


We want to thank every single one of you for making this incredible journey of us possible bringing in your readings and your comments and turning this project into a nice and wonderful experience!! Thank you all so much

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Jane Austen 2017 and onwards

12h  · #OTD in 1775, 16 December, JANE AUSTEN was born at Steventon Parsonage. Happy birthday to my heroine


Jane Austen Society of North America

3h  · Jane Austen was born this day in Steventon, Hampshire, 245 years ago. Today we celebrate the gift of Jane! “We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny….” — Rev. George Austen, in a December 17, 1775 letter

Karen @karebear8685·Happy 245th birthday to Jane Austen!! One of my favorite relations but don’t tell the rest of my family.

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Happy birthday to Theo James whom I’m glad I’m not related to because that would make things rather awkward at the dinner table. #CelebrateJane#SaveSanditon#Sanditon

Antara Deblina@loiyfgjn·

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“Let other pens dwell on guilt & misery.” ~Jane Austen

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Happy birthday to my favorite novelist Jane Austen.

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The New Yorker@NewYorker
·On this day in 1775, Jane Austen was born; Austen fever, or more particularly Darcymania, is still upon us.Jane Austen’s WorldHow the writer has remained a phenomenon for more than two

My Focus Jewelry@MyFocusJewelry
·Novelist Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Austen wrote six major novels and pioneered the use of ordinary people engaged in daily life in her works.

George H. Peters  #FBPE #FBIR@gehapeters
·Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

Carol Cahill@cahill_cp
·Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. -Mansfield Park Jane Austen b: December 16,1775 #JaneAusten

_ hellomsmags @MMagturo·Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! We are ever so grateful for the worlds you have created. We will get you that HEA! Hope you’re amused by our passionate devotion to #Sanditon

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Historia y Vida@historiayvida · 1hJane Austen cumple 245 años. aunque casi todos sus escritos cuentan historias de amor con final feliz, Jane nunca tuvo un Mr. Darcy en su vida. Tampoco le hizo falta: su avanzada mentalidad iba más allá de las costumbres y los matrimonios de conveniencia.

Virginia Greig@vgreig007
·Happy 245th Birthday #JaneAusten !

From the Austen Blog…link above….

“Once again, the calendar turns to the end of the year and we gather to celebrate the anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth. Here in Anno Domini Two Thousand and Twenty, well, it’s a little different from usual. To say the least, this year has been deeply weird, and not just because of the pandemic.

2020 has been a year of upheaval in so many ways, and that includes within Janeiteland itself. A very much belated recognition of the role of race in Austen’s work and that of her contemporaries has come to the forefront this year, and we consider it a good thing. We like to say that Janeiteland is a big tent, though we meant that to be with regard to opinions about Jane Austen. But now we hope that tent has become more welcoming, more inclusive and inviting, as well. There is work to be done, without a doubt, but at least it has started.

A lot of our gatherings have become virtual this year, which is not odd to us as gatherings here at AustenBlog HQ have always been virtual. But a vaccine for COVID-19 is OUT THERE and we hope by the next such celebration, things will be better. We do not say, “back to normal,” as we think the world has changed permanently, not least from the loss of so very many beloved souls. We can understand if some of our Gentle Readers see no reason to have any kind of celebration at this time, quite literally the darkest time of the year.

But we believe Herself still merits recognition of the day, at least. Jane Austen has given us so much, and yet so little that we cling to each tidbit with tenacity. Each new adaptation, each virtual talk or gathering, each new work of criticism or history, each new JAFF novel give us something to feed our desire that Jane Austen had lived to write more books. But at the same time, whenever we gather in her name, even to read a blog post, is a little miracle. She wrote six books, and some more things, more than two centuries ago–and yet here we are still, reading and re-reading and watching and discussing and enjoying. Happy birthday, Jane, and may we continue to gather, however we can, for many more.

Gentle Reader, are you doing anything special for Jane Austen’s birthday? Do you want to share your thoughts or good wishes? Please feel free to use the comments.

Jenny Lyn Bader@JennyLynBader·“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at 29 than she was 10 years before…if there has been neither ill-health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost.” And if you think 29 looks good, 245 looks even better! Happy #JaneAusten day to all!Quote Tweet

Karen Eterovich@lovearmd · 1hOh, Zack! Hopefully, next time when you’re out you’ll meet #ElizabethBennet! Thanks for sharing this. Absolutely a window to #JaneAusten s time.…

lidia_strada@LidiaStrada·my favorite book pride and prejudice #JaneAusten#FelizMiercolesQuote Tweet

Kare Plus Banbury@kpbanbury · 1hHappy Jane Austen Day! One of the Greatest Female Authors in Literature History and will be remembered for many more years to come. Sense and Sensibility is my favourite Jane Austen Novel, but i do have a soft spot for Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!



Raquel Contreras@Raquel_CS
·#JaneAusten rules

Tulsa Library@tulsalibrary·Happy birthday, #JaneAusten! Find titles by her in our catalog: Read about December-born authors we’re celebrating in this post on our #blog:

Greg Blair@gregblairwrites
·And what’s your favorite movie or multiple-episode TV story based on a book you enjoyed? One of my favorite all-time books is Pride And Prejudice by #JaneAusten . The 1995 six-part BBC TV series is outstanding. #am reading #WritingCommunity#WednesdayThoughts

Second Story Books Rockville@SSBrockville
·#JaneAusten (16 Dec 1775 – 18 Jul 1817) was a novelist who portrayed the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her use of irony, along with her realism, humor, and social commentary, have long earned her acclaim.

·Me when reading Emma by Jane Austen and going over how much Emma believes she’s the perfect matchmaker. #Emma#JaneAusten#BookwormJokes#BookReviews#HoneyBooBoo#OhNo#GIF#IDontNeedTheDrama

Librería París@Vivalibros·#IdeasParaRegalar

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Tal día como hoy en 1775 nació #JaneAusten. Muchos son sus clásicos de la literatura universal pero si quieres algo especial, te recomendamos “Orgullo y prejuicio” en una edición limitada en caja con un espejo de bolso de regalo.

Kare Plus Banbury@kpbanbury·Happy Jane Austen Day! One of the Greatest Female Authors in Literature History and will be remembered for many more years to come. Sense and Sensibility is my favourite Jane Austen Novel, but i do have a soft spot for Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!



Love Sanditon uk@LSanditon
·Happy birthday #TheoJames and #JaneAusten I would not be here on Twitter with such wonderful people , without both of you! #sanditon#SanditonPBS#savesanditon

Alice Nord@AliceANord
·“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid” – Henry Tilney in “Northanger Abbey” on the infamous “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” which really isn’t as bad as people say. Happy birthday #JaneAusten!

KCU Young Library@KCUYoungLibrary
·Happy bday, #JaneAusten! Born 1775, Jane is one of the most recognizable names in literature to this day. Her 6 novels and poetry are some of the greatest works in the English canon. Steep some tea and read the featured ebook or stream the movie from our online catalog! #kcureads

Explore Churches@ExploreChurches
·‘Indulge your imagination in every possible flight’ Today marks the 245th birthday of #JaneAusten. Beloved across the globe for her tales about ordinary people in everyday life. @jasnaorg have curated a wonderful list of the churches Jane knew. Enjoy :

Margaret C. Sullivan@mcsullivan
·Happy Jane Day, Tweeps! #JaneAusten

Visit Hampshire@VisitHampshire·Happy 245th Birthday to Jane Austen!

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#OnThisDay in 1775 Jane was born in Hampshire. Find out more about her life in Hampshire and the attractions you can visit here:…#JaneAusten@VisitEngland

Rohase Piercy@PiercyRohase·A great way to celebrate #JaneAusten ‘s 245th Birthday!Quote Tweet

weirdsisters, ink@Weirdinksisters · 4hThis week on the blog, an alternative view of the #PrideandPrejudice story from the perspective of the much-maligned Anne de Bourgh – an extract from Rohase Piercy’s ‘Before Elizabeth’:

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Happy Birthday Miss Austen! Which was your favourite book or character that she wrote? #JaneAusten #books #readingforpleasure #OnThisDay

JosseyBassEducation@JBEducation·Over two centuries later and #JaneAusten is still as relevant as ever. Celebrate her birthday today by taking a dive back into one of her classics. Which is your favorite?

The Making of Jane Austen

1h  · Happy 245th bday to Jane Austen, 250th to Beethoven, and 92nd to Philip K. Dick. We know which team we’re on! Today my book, The Making of Jane Austen, has been e-bargain-basemented on BookBub, Amazon, Apple, and Google for $1.99. It says it’s “Available for a limited time,” which is, I think, BookBub speak for “High Pressure Sales Tactic.” What would Jane say? Hope you’re finding a good way to celebrate today!…/the-making-of-jane-austen-by…

Posted by: Kirk | April 20, 2016

Updated Book Schedule

P&P 1/27/19
Unsheltered 2/24/19
The Winthrop Woman 3/31/19
Dr Wortle’s School 4/28/19
Sense & Sensibility 5/18/19
In the Summer Season 6/30/19
Madame de Treymes 7/28/19


Jan : Persuasion
Feb : Choose your own! 2/25
March: March Geraldine Brooks 3/25
April : The Reef Edith Wharton 4/29

May :
June : Jane Austen at Home Lucy Worsley 6/24
July :
Aug : Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope 8/5
Sept :
Oct : Emma l0/21
Nov : Ruth Elizabeth Gaskell 11/18
Dec :

Posted by: Kirk | June 25, 2022

6/25 Week in review….

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6/11 week in review….

Posted by: Kirk | May 28, 2022

5/28 Week+ in review



Character Analysis

There’s really not that much to Mrs. Jennings. She’s a nice lady, but she can be on the annoying side (to put it mildly). Her roots are rather common – her husband was a businessman who made his fortune in a non-genteel way, through commerce – but she doesn’t let that stop her from attempting to infiltrate the social circles of the rich and important. She’s a social butterfly, whose only joy in life is a good gabfest; whether in London, Cleveland, or Barton, Mrs. Jennings simply has to have a lot of friends, family, and guests to talk to.

Mrs. Jennings generally has the best of intentions, even if she unwittingly puts her foot in her mouth all the time. She loves gossip, and she loves to tease her friends with the things she knows. For example, her favorite topics are Elinor and Marianne’s relationships with Edward and Willoughby, respectively; she never seems to know how far her boundaries extend. Propriety, convention, and tact don’t really disturb her much, and she simply doesn’t know where to stop once she starts. Her biggest flaw is her lack of perception – she’s a little slow on the uptake with regards to other people’s discomfort or annoyance, and she’s apt to push the subjects of her jokes a little too far (especially with regards to Marianne).

However, once Mrs. Jennings realizes that something is wrong, she’s an endlessly supportive friend. When Willoughby’s engagement emerges, for example, she keeps her promise to Elinor and doesn’t bring it up in front of Marianne, and her concern for her young charge is really quite touching. In the end, she’s simply a wholeheartedly nice woman, with an unfortunate passion for gossip.

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Posted by: Kirk | May 18, 2022

5/18 Week in review….

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5/8 Another two weeks….

Barbara Cornthwaite

5d  · 

Much Ado About Persuasion is available for purchase! To celebrate I’m hosting a week of fun things! I’m doing a giveaway of the book, running a contest with a chance to win a small goodie basket of things from here in Ireland, and having a special sale on my George Knightley, Esquire books. The fun starts tomorrow! I’ll be posting about it here on facebook.

Posted by: Kirk | April 24, 2022

4/24 Week in review….

“Had Jane Austen been granted her three score and ten – or more – how would she have fared in old age? Professionally, she would surely have grown in both output and reputation. If, as I believe, the three novels she had written at Chawton show an advance in artistic control over her material as well as greater profundity of feeling, promising even more for the future, equally the fragment left unfinished at her death, Sanditon, proves there was no waning in her powers of invention.”

-pg 222 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hall Limited

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“[The Admiral] and his wife had taken their intended drive, and were returning home. Upon hearing how long a walk the young people had engaged in, they kindly offered a seat to any lady who might be particularly tired […]. The invitation was general and generally declined. The Miss Musgroves were not at all tired, and Mary was either offended by not being asked before any of the others, or what Louisa called the Elliot pride could not endure to make a third in a one-horse chaise.

The walking party had crossed the lane, and were surmounting an opposite stile and the Admiral was putting his horse into motion again, when Captain Wentworth cleared the hedge in a moment to say something to his sister. The something might be guessed by its effects.

‘Miss Elliot, I am sure you are tired,’ cried Mrs. Croft. ‘Do let us have the pleasure of taking you home. Here is excellent room for three, I assure you. If we were all like you, I believe we might sit four. You must, indeed, you must.’

Anne was still in the lane, and though instinctively beginning to decline, she was not allowed to proceed. The admiral’s kind urgency came in support of his wife’s: they would not be refused; they compressed themselves into the smallest possible space to leave her a corner, and Captain Wentworth, without saying a word, turned to her, and quietly obliged her to be assisted into the carriage.

Yes; he had done it. She was in the carriage, and felt that he had placed her there, that his will and his hands had done it, that she owed it to his perception of her fatigue, and his resolution to give her rest. She was very much affected by the view of his disposition towards her, which all these things made apparent. This little circumstance seemed the completion of all that had gone before. She understood him. He could not forgive her, but he could not be unfeeling.”

❤️📚 — MissLydia


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“Anne Elliot, the elegant and charming heroine of Persuasion, is a good amateur pianist – certainly a better player than Emma Woodhouse, though probably not in the same class as Jane Fairfax. But Anne receives none of the plaudits and gratitude which invariably follow the performances of those young ladies, for she is essentially a Cinderella figure(in this, though in little else, she is like Fanny Price), even to the extent of being provided with a pair of sisters who, if not physically ugly, are certainly very deficient in that beauty of character which Anne possesses in such large measure.” -pg 111 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: A study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon Publish.

Posted by: Kirk | April 18, 2022

2th by weeks in review….

“The significance of Jane Austen is so personal and so universal, so intimately connected with our sense of ourselves and of our whole society, that it is impossible to imagine a time when she or her works could have delighted us long enough.” -Claire Harman “Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World” pg229(the end!)

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

April 7 at 7:00 PM  · 

“When [Emma] looked at the hedges, she thought the elder at least must soon be coming out; and when she turned around to Harriet, she saw something like a look of spring, a tender smile even there.” Emma, Vol II, Chap V. I was fortunate to have a day off of work so I was able to visit the U. of Idaho Arboretum in Moscow, ID. The elder is just coming out. I found a “curious specimen of heath”. My favorite walk in the cedar trees. While violets are not mentioned in Jane Austen’s letters or the novels, these violets were growing at the foot of a linden tree (the tree that is called a lime in England!). The geese were enjoying the sun and the water. Larch trees, one of the few deciduous conifers, are mentioned in MP and letters. Please share what your favorite sign of spring is in the comments!

Posted by: Kirk | April 4, 2022

4/4 Weeks in review….2+….

Posted by: Kirk | March 19, 2022

3/19 Week in review with two weeks again….

“Austen’s purpose in Persuasion is not to create a perfect heroine. But she does emphasize the major difference between Anne and most characters in the novel: Anne knows her own limits.”

-pg 151 Kathryn E. Davis “Liberty in Jane Austen’s Persuasion” Lehigh University Press Lanham, MD 2016

Jane Austen – Her Works and Her World

March 5 at 7:00 AM  · 

It ended in Mrs. Norris’s resolving to quit Mansfield, and devote herself to her unfortunate Maria, and in an establishment being formed for them in another country—remote and private, where, shut up together with little society, on one side no affection, on the other, no judgment, it may be reasonably supposed that their tempers became their mutual punishment.

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Posted by: Kirk | March 4, 2022

3/4 Week(two of them) in review…..

My Jane Austen Book Club added 3 new photos to the album: AUSTEN HEROINES.

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“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it, and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”

~ Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

(Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth in BBC Pride and Prejudice 1995)

Hazel MillsJane Austen daily

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On this day, 1st March 1814, Jane Austen travelled to London with her brother, Henry. Her letter dated 2nd March gives us some insight into her travel.

On the 1st March, Jane and Henry set out from Chawton for London. It is seven miles to the first place mentioned, Bentley, where there was the Bull Inn. It it here that Jane and Henry begin reading, Jane was reading “The Heroine, or Adventures of Cherubina” by Eaton Stannard Barrett and Henry was reading the proof sheets of Mansfield Park on its way to London for publishing at Egerton.

Their next stop was at Farnham, just over four miles distance from Bentley, where the horses were changed. Jane and Henry remained in the carriage while the change was made. One can imagine them going through the archway into the courtyard at the Bush Inn. (see image)

The siblings then moved on to Guildford, a distance of some twelve miles, so there may have been another stop, probably The Victory, an old coaching inn at Hog’s Back, a high ridge on the Farnham to Guildford road. Guildford was where they were obviously supposed to stop for the night but did not. The likeliest inn was the Angel, well they claim today that she stayed there! Jane says in her letter to Cassandra, “ You were wrong to think of us at Guildford last night…on reaching G. we found that John and the horses were gone on. We therefore did no more than we did at Farnham, sit in the carriage while fresh horses were put in, and proceeded directly to Cobham.” John was Henry’s coachman, so I’m not sure who was driving them, definitely not Henry. Driving horses and reading manuscript pages are not really compatible!

Henry and Jane reached Cobham, another 11 miles at 7pm and by 8pm they were “sitting down to a very nice roast fowl etc”. Jane tells us that she went to bed at 10pm.

They left Cobham at half past 8 in the morning and stopped to bait the horses and have breakfast at Kingston [upon Thames], just under nine miles from Cobham. Sadly we have little idea of which inn she used as there are too many to choose from There had been snowstorms on their journey and a frost overnight, which gave them a hard road which then became dirty and heavy. Henry chose to have a “pair of leaders” put before his own horses on the leg from Kingston to Sloane Street in London, a distance of just over 9 miles. These horses would be rented to lessen the load of Henry’s horses. After dropping off the leader horses it would only be a couple of miles to Henry’s home in Henrietta Street, in a flat above the ban in which he had a partnership.

They arrived home before 2pm so the 19 miles from Cobham to Henrietta Street took something five hours, a trip that takes around an hour today, depending on the traffic conditions!

#OTD 1st March

Jane Austen Letters – Le Faye

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Hazel MillsJane Austen daily

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On this day, 27th February 1799, Jane’s brother Frank took over the command of the sloop HMS “Peterel” at Gibraltar.

Frank had been promoted to Commander at the end of 1798 which was recorded in a letter from Jane to Cassandra on December 28th;

“Frank is made. He was yesterday raised to the rank of Commander, and appointed to the “Petterel” sloop, now at Gibraltar. A letter from Daysh has just announced this, and as it is confirmed by a very friendly one from Mr. Mathew to the same effect, transcribing one from Admiral Gambier to the General, we have no reason to suspect the truth of it.”

Frank was taking charge of a ship of 24 guns – including 8 carronades, and 120 men. He was cruising in coastal water of the Mediterranean with the task of intercepting any vessel that crossed its path. If the stranger were friendly, news and assistance could be exchanged, while enemy ships could be attacked. Le Faye, in her “Jane Austen A Family Record” tells us that “ By the summer of of 1799 the Royal Navy was all over the Mediterranean blockading Genoa and Malta, in possession of Minorca and patrolling the Egyptian and Syrian coasts, while Nelson was stationed at Palermo. The French armies in Italy and Egypt were therefore equally unable to receive reinforcements or to return to France.

Frank was able to capture 40 small foreign ships of varying descriptions as they crept along the coast between Marseilles and Genoa including, in April 1799, a fishing boat that turned out to be carrying enemy officers and $9,000 in specie (money in coins not notes) – from this alone his share of the prize money was $750.” (Le Faye gives the amounts in dollars)

The image is of HMS Peterel’s most famous action, which was under Frank’s command at this time, the capture of the French brig Ligurienne. Shortly after Peterel captured two merchant ships and sent them off with prize crews, three French ships attacked her. She drove two on shore and captured the largest, the 14-gun Ligurienne.

I find this image quite incredible. Frank was in command of this vessel in this painting! He was 25 years old!!

#OTD 27th February

Jane Austen A family Record – Le Faye

My Jane Austen Book Club

February 21 at 2:30 AM  · 

” . . . that #Marianne found her own happiness in forming [Col. Brandon’s] was equally the persuasion and delight of each observing friend. Marianne could never love by halves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband as it had once been to Willoughby.”

Sense & Sensibility, volume 3, chapter 14 💞

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