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 | January 20, 2023

1/20 Week in review……

Diana ShandJane Austen daily

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The brief romance and flirtation between Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy has been much the subject of talk and speculation over the past 200+ years; even a movie has been made, though that one is only very loosely based on Jane’s life. But I leave this discussion for other pages to dwell on it.

Jane wrote from Steventon to Cassandra Austen at Godmersham Park in a letter she started on Thursday, 16 January 1796:

[#OTD 17 January1796]

“…Friday. — At length the day is come on which I am to flirt my last with Tom Lefroy, and when you receive this it will be over. My tears flow as I write at the melancholy idea…”

We don’t know a lot about it but what we do know for certain about the events of December 1795/January 1796 is to be found in a few letters among Jane’s family and a brief mention of it in a posthumous memoir of Jane by her nephew. This is all that is known about Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy.

Jane met Tom Lefroy (an Irish relative of Jane Austen’s close older friend Mrs. Anne Lefroy, who lived at Ashe Rectory) in December 1795

She mentions him in some of her letters.

Saturday, January 9th 1796:

In the first place I hope you will live twenty-three years longer. Mr. Tom Lefroy’s birthday was yesterday, so that you are very near of an age

You scold me so much in the nice long letter which I have this moment received from you, that I am almost afraid to tell you how my Irish friend and I behaved. Imagine to yourself everything most profligate and shocking in the way of dancing and sitting down together. I can expose myself however, only once more, because he leaves the country soon after next Friday, on which day we are to have a dance at Ashe after all. He is a very gentlemanlike, good-looking, pleasant young man, I assure you. But as to our having ever met, except at the three last balls, I cannot say much; for he is so excessively laughed at about me at Ashe, that he is ashamed of coming to Steventon, and ran away when we called on Mrs. Lefroy a few days ago…

…After I had written the above, we received a visit from Mr. Tom Lefroy and his cousin George. The latter is really very well-behaved now; and as for the other, he has but one fault, which time will, I trust, entirely remove — it is that his morning coat is a great deal too light. He is a very great admirer of Tom Jones, and therefore wears the same coloured clothes, I imagine, which he did when he was wounded…”

The next time she mentions him, is written above; Thursday, 16 January 1796.

Thereafter, she mentioned Tom in her letter on

Tuesday 23rd August 1796 from Cork Street in London). Deirdre Le Faye in Jane Austen: A Family Record, suggests that she stayed there with Tom Lefroy’s uncle and benefactor, Mr. Benjamin Langlois, who lived in that street in London.

It is thought that Tom Lefroy was, at that time, staying with his uncle while he studied law in London. It is not known if he met Jane Austen while she stayed in Cork Street.

Tom Lefroy visited Ashe rectory in October/November 1798. He did not meet Jane Austen while he was staying there.

In her book Jane Austen: a Family Record Deirdre Le Faye remarks about the and Tom’s friendship:

“It is highly unlikely that Tom proposed or that Jane ever really believed he would do so. However, Mr. and Mrs. Lefroy had seen enough of their mutual attraction to take fright at the idea of an engagement between so youthful and penniless a pair, and Tom was sent off rapidly to London to live under the watchful eye of his great-uncle Benjamin while he studied at Lincoln’s Inn.

The Lefroy parents were vexed with him, and told their sons that Tom was to blame for paying attentions to Jane when he knew full well that he was in no position to think of marriage; and years later George and his younger brother Edward Lefroy recalled how ‘[their] Mother had disliked Tom Lefroy because he had behaved so ill to Jane Austen, with sometimes the additional weight of the Father’s condemnation..

Although Tom stayed at Ashe again in the autumn of 1798, no meetings with the Austens took place during this visit, and it was not until Madam Lefroy called at Steventon parsonage in mid November that Jane had any news of him. ” (Page 93-4)

Some weeks after this visit of Tom Lefroy to Ashe rectory, Jane wrote to her sister on Saturday 17/Sunday 18th November 1798 about this visit :

“…Mrs. Lefroy did come last Wednesday, and the Harwoods came likewise, but very considerately paid their visit before Mrs. Lefroy’s arrival, with whom, in spite of interruptions both from my father and James, I was enough alone to hear all that was interesting, which you will easily credit when I tell you that of her nephew she said nothing at all, and of her friend very little. She did not once mention the name of the former to me, and I was too proud to make any inquiries; but on my father’s afterwards asking where he was, I learnt that he was gone back to London in his way to Ireland, where he is called to the Bar and means to practise…”

Inages: taken from the Jane Austen Centre’s Twitter page.

James McAvoy, who play the role of Tom Lefroy in the movie mentioned above 😉, visited the Jane Austen Centre in Bath in January 2019

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

19h  · 

Happy National Popcorn Day! 🍿 While Jane Austen would not have eaten it, this quintessential movie snack is the perfect thing to enjoy while watching a Jane Austen movie!

If you could take over a movie theater for an evening:

-Which 2 Jane Austen films, shows, or documentary would you watch? 🎟️

-What would you put on your popcorn? 🍿

-What’s in your tea cup? (Anything!) ☕

Dearest Jane

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Just added these to my small but beloved shop. Couldn’t resist adding a little Jane to the Valentine goodies!…/jane-austen-book-page-scrunchies


📖 The 210th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice is almost upon us and we’re excited for our annual #PrideandPrejudiceDay celebrations on 28 January!

🎥 VISIT the House to explore the rooms where Jane Austen revised P&P for publication and read aloud from her first published copy or head to our Learning Centre and dip into a marathon SCREENING of all 6 episodes of the beloved 1995 BBC TV adaptation, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.

🕯 Take part in special EVENTS on the day including a P+P themed Virtual Guided House Tour and a candlelit tour with live piano music. An extra date has also been added for our previously sold-out P+P Treasures event, where you can enjoy unique access to objects from our collection up close – from first editions to personal letters. Only 6 spaces up for grabs, so book early to avoid disappointment!

✨ Check back here for more P&P content over the coming weeks including competitions, quizzes and more!


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Canvas mounted print of Magical Forest with Books. – Ivi 😍…/Forest…/137181461.ZQLIN…#ad

Nathalie Aknin MatheyBookclub: Jane Austen is my #Homegirl

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Remembering the late Alan Rickman, a brilliant stage, film and television actor, who died on this day in 2016. For most of us, he will remain the only Colonel Brandon.

Nathalie Aknin MatheyBookclub: Jane Austen is my #Homegirl

January 11 at 11:54 AM  · 

Admiral Croft and his wife were returning home. Their carriage was advancing in their direction. They kindly offered a seat to any lady who might be tired.

« Miss Elliot? I am sure YOU are tired. » cried Mrs Croft.

« Do let us have the pleasure of making you home. »

Captain Wentworth, without saying any word, turned to Ann, and quietly obliged her to be assisted in the carriage. Oh yes, he did it ….

Such a moving scene, beautifully illustrated by Nirrot Puttapipat.

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

January 10 at 7:28 PM  · 

Happy “Janeuary,” fellow Janeites! What are your Jane Austen-ish resolutions for this year?

If you are looking for some inspiration,

✒️McSweeney’s from a few years ago: “A Jane Austen Heroines New Year’s Resolutions”…/a-jane-austen-heroines-new…

✒️Author-Anngela Schroeder at

Jane Austen Variations: “New Year’s Resolutions With Jane”

Posted by: Kirk | January 9, 2023

1/9 Happy Bday Cassandra week in review…

Jane Austen’s House is at Jane Austen’s House.

7h  · Alton, United Kingdom  · 

🎂 Today we are celebrating 250 years since the birth of Jane Austen’s beloved sister, Cassandra Austen, #OnThisDay in 1773.

🌳 To begin a year of anniversary events, we are excited to announce the opening of Cassandra’s Orchard, a reimagining of the lost fruit trees detailed in Jane & Cassandra’s letters. This has been made possible by our kind donors and Cala Homes!

🌷 Check back regularly for our ‘Year of Cassandra’ which will include exhibitions and events celebrating her life!

👉 CLICK HERE to find out more:


JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

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It’s National Bobblehead Day. Do you have a Jane Austen bobblehead? They seem to be very rare! If you could create a new Jane Austen one, what would she be doing? Which characters would you want to see made into bobbleheads?

Jane Austen’s House is at Jane Austen’s House.

2d  · Alton, United Kingdom  · 

‘When you receive this, our guests will be all gone or going; and I shall be left to the comfortable disposal of my time, to ease of mind from the torments of rice puddings and apple dumplings, and probably to regret that I did not take more pains to please them all.’

💌 Jane Austen, writing to her sister Cassandra, #OnThisDay in 1807.


JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

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Yesterday was National Trivia Day. What is your favorite, most fun, most interesting, or most unknown piece of trivia about Jane Austen or her works or the various films?

Hazel MillsJane Austen daily

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On this day, 4th January 2023, we lost Fay Weldon aged 91. Fay was an Austen fan and wrote the lovely 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the BBC. Fay also wrote “Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen” in 1984. The cover blurb of the book tells us:

“Alice, aged 18, with green spiky hair, is compelled by her betters to study the works of Jane Austen. Alice, as a child of the modern age, cannot find anything she can relate to in Jane’s novels and cannot understand why her writing is so much admired. In a sequence of letters her “aunt”, the distinguished novellist, Fay Weldon, tries to persuade her that she would be silly not to make the effort to understand and appreciate what Jane Austen was trying to do, especially since she herself is trying to write a novel.

Alice is a figment of Fay Weldon’s imagination but in these “letters” she takes the opportunity of paying tribute to a great writer while exploring the craft of fiction from her own standpoint. In a unique and revealing examination of the act of writing creatively Fay Weldon, a highly admired writer of our own day, echoes a series of letters that Jane Austen actually did send to her niece who was trying to become a novelist, and which summed up her views of what was important in life and literature.”

Thank you, Fay Weldon, for all you have left us and Rest in Peace.

#OTD 4th January

Chawton House

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Explore the Chawton House Parkland in January and admire the stunning views of the House across the fields.

Bring along the dog, enjoy one of our two parkland walks, and compare what you see during your walk to Adam Callander’s 1780 painting of Chawton House and the surrounding parkland.

The Chawton House Tea Shed is also open Friday to Sunday throughout January so you can treat yourself to something tasty after your walk.

📷 Painting of The Great House and Park at Chawton, c1780. Adam Callander.

Beautiful Britain

December 26, 2022 at 9:51 AM  · 

The Circus is a historic ring of large townhouses in the city of Bath, Somerset, forming a circle with three entrances.

A Visual Guide to Beautiful Bath:

Photo credit: Writer & Photographer Elaine from Bath✨✨

Jane Austen’s House is at Jane Austen’s House.

January 1 at 4:36 AM  · Alton, United Kingdom  · 

💌 ‘Kind love & good wishes for a happy New Year to you all…’ Jane Austen, writing from this house in January 1817



December 30, 2022 at 11:51 AM  · 

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

—Henry James

Jane Austen’s House is at Jane Austen’s House.

December 31, 2022 at 4:42 AM  · Alton, United Kingdom  · 

🎉 “We are sure of excellent fires,” continued he, “and every thing in the greatest comfort. Charming people, Mr. and Mrs. Weston;—Mrs. Weston indeed is much beyond praise, and he is exactly what one values, so hospitable, and so fond of society;—it will be a small party, but where small parties are select, they are perhaps the most agreeable of any.’

📖 Emma


Posted by: Kirk | December 30, 2022

12/30 Some of 12/17-30 in review….

Hazel MillsJane Austen daily

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On this day, 29th December 1813, Jane Austen’s nephew, Edward, wrote a poem called, “To Manydown”, where he speaks of his regret that Harris Bigg Wither’s plans to modernise the garden at Manydown, and remembers happy days playing there with his friend, William Heathcote.

Manydown is well known as the scene of Jane’s momentary engagement to the said Harris Bigg Wither but it was a house Jane knew very well and spent a lot of time there.

The Hampshire Local Archives website tell us of how the Wither family acquired Manydown:

“By the 14th century, the manor and grounds were being referred to in documents as Manydown Park. In 1377, the parkland was fenced and the trees within that enclosure were later felled in the 1390s to provide timber for William Wykeham’s reconstruction of Winchester Cathedral’s nave. In 1449, the manor house became a family home for the first time. It was sold by the Dean and Chapter of Winchester to one William Wither in 1449. The Wither family had farmed the land since the early 15th century and the significance of their purchase cannot be overstated. The purchasing of an estate by a tenant was the stuff of the wildest daydreams for medieval English men and women and this transaction began a long association between the Withers and Manydown Park.”

Towards the late 18th Century the Wither line ended with no male heir so the estate went to a cousin, the Reverend Lovelace Bigg. To keep the Wither name the men of the Bigg family altered their surname to Bigg Wither.

In Jane’s first existing letter, she describes the ball she attended with her “Irish friend”, Tom Lefroy, in attendance. She tells Cassandra:

“I am almost afraid to tell you how my Irish friend and I behaved. Imagine to yourself everything most profligate and shocking in the way of dancing and sitting down together… He is a very gentlemanlike, good-looking, pleasant young man, I assure you.”

This took place at Manydown. Both Jane and Cassandra stayed at Manydown frequently, sometimes together, sometimes separately, particularly when they attended balls in Basingstoke. Jane’s brother James and his family were also regularly invited. James’s son Edward’s friend, William Heathcote was the son of Elizabeth Bigg and her husband, also William Heathcote. William Senior died in 1802 and Elizabeth and her ten month old son returned to Manydown.

In a letter of December 1808 Jane talks of a different sort of ball at Manydown, that includes 7 year old William and 10 year old Edward Austen.

“I was happy to hear, chiefly for Anna’s sake, that a ball at Manydown was once more in agitation; it is called a child’s ball, and given by Mrs. Heathcote to William. Such was its beginning at least, but it will probably swell into something more. Edward was invited during his stay at Manydown, and it is to take place between this and Twelfth-day.”

Jane and Cassandra were staying at Manydown in the January of 1808 and it’s quite possible that this was when William Heathcote remembered in his later years that Jane played the part of “Mrs Candour” at a Twelfth Night party.

Manydown remained in the Bigg Wither family until 1871 when it was bought by Sir Edward Bates. This family have no link to Jane but they did make a series of films in the 1930s that show us a little of Manydown before it was demolished in 1965, including some interiors from the wedding video. Constance and Ellen Hill in their pilgrimage for “Jane Austen Her Homes and her Friends” also give us a little taste of how the house used to be.

#OTD 29th December

Bates family Manydown films link

Austen, Jane. The Letters of Jane Austen: Annotated (p. 100). Kindle Edition.

Le Faye, Deirdre. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family (p. 470). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.

Hazel MillsJane Austen daily

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On this day, 30th December 1870, Jane Austen’s nephew, James Edward Austen Leigh wrote to Miss Quincy in America thanking her for her very careful copy of Jane’s letter dated the 12th November 1800, and also for the favourable review of the Memoir written by a Quincy, in an American magazine.

The correspondence between the Quincy family and the Austens began in January 1852 when a letter arrived for Jane’s brother Frank:

“Since high critical authority has pronounced the delineations of character in the works of Jane Austen second only to those of Shakspeare, transatlantic admiration appears superfluous; yet it may not be uninteresting to her family to receive an assurance that the influence of her genius is extensively recognised in the American Republic, even by the highest judicial authorities. The late Mr. Chief Justice Marshall, of the supreme Court of the United States, and his associate Mr. Justice Story, highly estimated and admired Miss Austen, and to them we owe our introduction to her society. For many years her talents have brightened our daily path, and her name and those of her characters are familiar to us as “household words.” We have long wished to express to some of her family the sentiments of gratitude and affection she has inspired . . . and we trust this expression of our feeling will be received by her relations with the kindness and urbanity characteristic of Admirals of her creation. Sir Francis Austen, or one of his family, would confer a great favour by complying with our request. The autograph of his sister, or a few lines in her handwriting, would be placed among our chief treasures . . . A letter addressed to Miss Quincey, care of the Honble Josiah Quincey, Boston, Massachusetts, would reach its destination.”

Frank sent a reply along with Jane’s letter of November 1800:

Altho’ a letter I lately received dated “Boston Massachusetts Jany. 6th 1852” bears no signature, yet I can hardly be mistaken in attributing it to the Lady to whom I am requested to address my reply.

I can have no hesitation in assuring you that it was most gratifying to me to receive such a testimonial to the merits of my late sister’s works, and thereby to learn that their celebrity had reached across the Atlantic.”

The rest of the letter with Frank’s character sketch of Jane can be read via the link below, as can more of the correspondence between the families as there is not room here, but they are well worth a read. I do however love the postscript in a letter from Eliza Susan’s sister Anna Waterston who had not yet seen Jane’s letter:

“If the house catches fire to night,—please save the letter. I cannot die without the sight.”

The Quincys were a prominent family in the Boston area. The family descended from Edmund Quincy of Wigsthorpe in Northamptonshire. There is so much that could be written about the Quincy family but just a taste comes from the website of the Quincy Homestead, the family home that can be visited to day:

“The Quincy family produced three mayors of Boston, including Josiah Quincy III [Eliza Susan’s father from the letter], who commissioned the construction of Boston’s Quincy Market. In 1792, when Braintree split apart, the new town of Quincy was named after Colonel John Quincy, a grandson of Edmund Quincy II [of Wigsthorpe, England], and the maternal grandfather of Abigail Smith Adams (the wife of President John Adams and mother to President John Quincy Adams).”

On June 18th 1856, Eliza Susan’s sister, Anna, and her husband, the Reverend Robert Waterston, actually visited Frank at Portsdown Lodge and discussed Jane and her works. Frank was still corresponding with Eliza Susan in 1863, just two years before his death. James Edward took up the correspondence when working on the Memoir and sent Eliza Susan copies of the first and second editions.

I would love to visit that house where Jane was so loved. Have any of our US members visited the home, and do you have any photos?

#OTD 30th December 26, 2022

Le Faye, Deirdre. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family (p. 690). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.

Dorothy Quincy Homestead Quincy MA

James L Woodward CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikipedia

Front parlor at 71 Chester Square, Boston, ca. 1865

Rev. Robert Cassie Waterston and his wife, Anna Cabot Lowell Quincy, are seen in the back. At the table is Mary Quincy, daughter of Edmund Quincy, Anna’s brother.

Watercolor drawing by Eliza Susan Quincy, 1822

From the Eliza S. Quincy Memoir in the Quincy family papers, vol. 45…/eliza-susan-quincy-2007-03-01

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It’s Boxing Day! The perfect opportunity to stay cozy with a blanket, a fire (or a candle, if, alas, one doesn’t have a fireplace), a hot cup of tea, and delicious leftovers & treats while reading or watching all things Jane Austen! 🎄🥧❄️ What are you watching? Eating or drinking? Do you have any Day-After-Christmas Day traditions?

More on the tradition of Boxing Day:…/12/22/boxing-day/

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On this day, 25th December 1798, Jane Austen was writing a letter to her sister, Cassandra, staying at their brother’s home at Godmersham. In the letter she wrote:

“I wish you a merry Christmas, but no compliments of the Season.”

A rather strange greeting from Jane which just slotted in, in its totality, between talk of muslin and sickness.

Jane wrote very little about Christmas, but we know from other sources that some of Jane’s Christmases as a child at Steventon were lively affairs.

The Christmas of 1786, when Jane was just eleven years old, is one particular time. On December 21st of that year, Jane’s Aunt Philadelphia Austen Hancock arrived along with Jane’s cousin, Eliza, the first time Jane had met her, and her six month old baby, Hastings. Jane’s cousins, Edward and Jane Cooper, arrived at the end of December (Christmas celebrations continued until Twelfth Night), brothers Henry and Charles were at home and Frank was home from the Naval Academy but would have to return quite soon. Cassandra and Jane were of course at home. Edward was in Switzerland on his Grand Tour and James was on his way to visit Eliza’s husband in France.

Mrs Austen sent a letter to Philadelphia Walter on the last day of the year:

“We are now in the company of our sister Hancock, Madame de Feuillide and the little Boy . . . We have borrowed a Piano-Forte, and she [Eliza] plays to us every day; on Tuesday we are to have a snug little dance in the parlour, just our own children, nephew and nieces.”

Jane mentions Christmas in each of her six novels, in Lady Susan (who invites herself to stay with Mrs Vernon) and at odd times in the Juvenilia. In Emma we see the members of society gathering together, seasonal snow and the wonderful Mr Elton proposal, but I think my favourite mentioning of Christmas is in Persuasion when Jane describes the scene so beautifully:

Anne Elliot, along with Lady Russell are visiting the Musgroves at Uppercross after the parents’ return from Lyme with the Harville children in tow, and their own children are home from school. Mary and Charles Musgrove’s children are also in attendance. Jane wrote:

“Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them. On one side was a table occupied by some chattering girls, cutting up silk and gold paper; and on the other were tressels and trays, bending under the weight of brawn and cold pies, where riotous boys were holding high revel; the whole completed by a roaring Christmas fire, which seemed determined to be heard, in spite of all the noise of the others. Charles and Mary also came in, of course, during their visit, and Mr Musgrove made a point of paying his respects to Lady Russell, and sat down close to her for ten minutes, talking with a very raised voice, but from the clamour of the children on his knees, generally in vain. It was a fine family-piece.”

One wonders if Lady Russell’s comment on leaving Uppercross, might have reflected Jane’s own thoughts at such a scene:

“I hope I shall remember, in future,” said Lady Russell, as soon as they were reseated in the carriage, “not to call at Uppercross in the Christmas holidays.”

After having enjoyed my Danish Christmas last night, I now wish all our members who celebrate today, as I prepare for my English Christmas unchl, a very Happy Christmas. The best thing about having half English, half Danish grandchildren is that we get two Christmases!

#OTD 25th December

Jane Austen’s Letters – Le Faye

Jane Austen A Family Record – Le Faye

Persuasion Chapter 14

Steventon Rectory in the winter as imagined by the wonderful Jane Odiwe, huge thanks again to Jane for allowing me to use her work.

Christmas Fun by Cecil Aldin 1870 – 1935

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

December 23 at 4:39 PM  · 

Happy National Bake Day! Flat Jane Austen has been busy, but wants to know what you are making? What are your favorite recipes?

Mrs Daffodil

December 23 at 11:06 AM  · 

For a young bride’s first Christmas ball, a snowy gown trimmed in red and green, festive satin slippers, and a headdress suggesting holly and its berries (although actually velvet ivy leaves and coral-coloured glass bead fringes.) And to all a good night!

Nathalie Aknin MatheyBookclub: Jane Austen is my #Homegirl

December 23 at 1:55 AM  · 

On this day, December 23rd, 1815, the publication of Emma was announced in the Morning Chronicle newspaper. Emma was the fourth and last novel which Jane Austen published in her lifetime. When it was published, the author was at the height of her powers.

Before Jane Austen began the novel, she wrote : « I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like ».

Emma is a lively comedy of manners centered on a beautiful, snobbish, wealthy, smart and spoilt young woman who is convinced she is an excellent matchmaker. She is allowed to develop on her own following her heart and principles about anything else.

Mrs Daffodil

December 21 at 11:00 AM  · 

A Winter Solstice treat: our annual peep at this charming holly dress, c. 1824-6.

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

December 20 at 7:16 PM  · 

On this day in 1817, about five months after Jane Austen’s death, her novels “Persuasion” and “Northanger Abbey” were published together. Jane’s brother Henry wrote a biographical notice which revealed her identity as the author. It is interesting to note the heroines of these two novels are Austen’s youngest, Catherine, in “Northanger Abbey,” and oldest, Anne, in “Persuasion.” What are your favorite things about these novels?

Jane Austen Summer Program

December 20 at 10:00 AM  · 

Jane Austen & Co has plenty of high-quality indoor fun! Recordings from 2022 and previous years available on the website,

Hazel MillsJane Austen daily
December 19 at 1:00 AM  · 

On this day, 19th December 1815, a clerk to Jane Austen’s publisher, Murray, entered details in the ledger regarding the publication of “Emma”. Two thousand copies were printed in three volumes with a price of 1 guinea the set. The title page was dated 1816.
There was also a list of the twelve presentation copies had requested: two for herself, of which she sent one to brother Charles; two were to be sent to her mother; one each to the Countess of Morley, Revd James Stanier Clarke, the Prince of Wales’s librarian, uncle James Leigh Perrot, brothers Frank, James and Henry, niece Fanny and former Godmersham governess and friend of Jane, Miss Sharpe.
The Prince Regent’s specially bound copy was in addition to these, and its red morocco leather binding cost 24shillings. John Murray himself gave a copy to Byron’s half-sister, Augusta Leigh, and also one to Maria Edgeworth, this latter apparently at Jane’s request.
Jane mentioned Maria Edgeworth in both her letters and in her novel, Northanger Abbey. On the 28th September 1814, Jane wrote in a letter to her niece Anna:
“I am quite determined, however, not to be pleased with Mrs. West’s ‘Alicia De Lacy,’ should I ever meet with it, which I hope I shall not. I think I can be stout against anything written by Mrs. West. I have made up my mind to like no novels really but Miss Edgeworth’s, yours, and my own.”
In Northanger Abbey, Jane uses Edgeworth’s novel “Belinda” during her defence of the novel:
“ “And what are you reading, Miss—?” “Oh! It is only a novel!” replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. “It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda”; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.”
It is not thought that Jane ever actually met Maria Edgeworth, but members of the two families knew each other in Berkshire. Maria’s father was neighbours with Jane’s uncle Leigh Perrot who assisted Edgeworth in ascertaining the practicability of his scheme of telegraphy. Uncle Leigh Perrot wrote a letter of testimony to his witnessing the events to support Edgeworth’s claim to his invention.
After receiving her presentation copy of Emma, she wrote to her aunt, Mrs Ruxton:
“The authoress of Pride & Prejudice has been so good as to send me a new novel just published, Emma”.
However she did not seem impressed with Emma. In a letter to her half brother Charles Sneyd Edgeworth, she wrote:
“There was no story in it, except that Miss Emma found that the man whom she designed for Harriet’s lover was an admirer of her own–& he was affronted at being refused by Emma & Harriet wore the willow–and smooth, thin, water-gruel is according to Emma’s father’s opinion a very good thing & it is very difficult to make a cook understand what you mean by smooth thin water gruel!!”
Maria Edgeworth was a much better known writer than Jane in their time. Her novel, Patronage, was costly at £1 8 shillings, was reported to have sold 8,000 copies on the day of publication in 1814 and for her copyright she received £2,100. Jane received just £110 for the copyright of Pride and Prejudice. Edgeworth’s lifetime earnings exceeded £10,000 whereas Jane’s were no more than £668. However, in 2010 the copy of Emma gifted by Jane to Maria Edgeworth was sold for £79,250. Furthermore, the presentation copy given to former governess Ann Sharp sold in October of this year for £375,000 and is deposited at Chawton House.
#OTD 19th December
Le Faye, Deirdre. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family (p. 525). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.
Northanger Abbey: An Annotated Edition – Jane Austen Edited by Susan J Wolfson
Memoirs of Richard Lovell Esq…/english…/lot.96.html…/highest-priced-coy-of-jane…/

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

December 17 at 5:00 PM  · 

To celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday on December 16, JASNA published the most recent issue of Persuasions On-Line, full of great articles about “Sense and Sensibility” from the 2022 AGM in Victoria and other Austen-related works in the Miscellany section. Here is the link for the free, on-line journal: Enjoy!

Posted by: Kirk | December 16, 2022

12/16/22 HAPPY BDAY JANE!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

BookLady DebDec 16Today is Jane Austen’s birthday, 247 years ago! To quote her father George Austen in a letter to his sister Mrs. Walter on Dec 17, 1775:“You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age grown such bad reckoners but so it was, for Cassey 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…” (Austen Papers, 32-3)*******************  In celebration of Austen’s birthday, JASNA has published it’s Persuasions On-Line vol. 43, No. 1, which features a selection of the AGM presentations on Sense and Sensibility, the theme of the 2022 JASNA AGM in Victoria, as well as other interesting essays on all things Jane.You can view the Table of Contents here – all essays are fully accessible: is also a perfect time to donate to JASNA, or certainly to renew your membership – you can find information here: is also a perfect time to donate to Chawton House, via the North American Friends of Chawton House: Please visit the website at and read about their endeavors.Anyone who donates $150 or more will be sent NAFCH’s 3rd annual limited-edition bobblehead “Capability Jane” (while supplies last), though any amount is gratefully received! Our gardening Jane, named after the renowned gardener and landscape designer of Austen’s era, Capability Brown, though we know she was very “capable” in many areas of her life!You can donate here: better way to honor Jane Austen on her birthday than to give a little something in support of the “Great House” she visited often:‘Let me thank you again and again’Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice (1813)2022, Jane Austen in Vermont

On this day, 247 years ago, Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire: a “present” to the world.  JASNA will mark the occasion with a birthday gift, the release of a new issue of its web journal Persuasions On-Line, Vol. 43, No.1. This year’s issue contains an array of essays, including some of the many presentations offered at the 2022 AGM in Victoria: Sense and Sensibility in the City of Gardens. Expect to be treated to articles on the mapping, illustrations, and Spanish-language versions of the novel as well as some creative contributions from students.
Many thanks to the team that produced this gift: the contributing authors; Persuasions Editor Susan Allen Ford; the Persuasions Editorial Board; Proofreader-in-Chief Marsha Huff; Production Assistant Carol Moss; Website Manager Iris Lutz; and the Bibliography team of Eileen Horansky, Robin Henry, and Claire Bellanti.
This birthday also marks an administrative transition for JASNA. In conjunction with other changes to the Board, Liz Philosophos Cooper becomes Past President today, and Mary Mintz becomes President. Together, we send you greetings and best wishes on this special day!!
Liz Philosophos CooperPast President   Mary Mintz President
Go to Persuasions On-Line, Vol. 43, No. 1
Engraving of Steventon Rectory from James Edward Austen-Leigh’s Memoir of Jane Austen.

Happy birthday, Jane Austen!

Over two centuries later, Austen’s heroines continue to inspire readers, perhaps because, in spite of all positive changes in the condition of women, some problems never go away

Deepa GahlotUpdated: Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:46 PM IST


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This date, December 16, happens to be the birth anniversary of Jane Austen, one of the most famous writers of her time. She died at the age of 41, leaving six full-length novels (among other works) that captured the spirit of the age; her popularity and influence extend to current times. There have been several biographies, and every few years there is a new film or TV series or modern-day reimagining of her books. In a recent poll in the Daily Mail, she topped the list of Britain’s greatest authors, with Shakespeare coming in at number four!


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Vidverto Player being dismissed as chick-lit writer of the past, to early feminist observer, whose heroines strained at the leashes of 18th century constraints, Jane Austen’s books have been studied and analysed over the years, and every reader would have read at least one: Sense And SensibilityPride And PrejudiceMansfield ParkEmmaPersuasion and Northanger Abbey (the last two were published posthumously). The first sentence of Pride and Prejudice, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,” makes it to every list of great literary opening lines.

She was writing about the English aristocracy of the time, when women did not inherit property or titles, the eldest son did; if there was no son, primogeniture laws favoured the nearest male relative. If the men ill-treated or evicted the women, they could be reduced to destitution. There were very few job options for a woman — governess, teacher, nurse, maid. The only way to save herself from this fate was to marry a suitable man, preferably one from the same social class.

Still, over two centuries later, Austen’s heroines continue to inspire readers, perhaps because, in spite of all positive changes in the condition of women, some problems never go away — the anxiety over marriage is still a burden women and their families carry. Pride and Prejudice’s Mrs Bennet, the mother of five daughters, worrying about finding matches for them is a relatable character even today, when unmarried daughters are seen to reflect poorly on the family.

Geoff Nunbergm writing in correctly observes, “[Austen’s novels] cry out for adaptation. They seem infinitely resilient: You can relocate them to Beverley Hills or Delhi; rewrite them as murder mysteries or erotica, populate them with vampires and zombies — they’ll always retain some trace of their original appeal.”

Among the dozens or stage and screen versions the world over, there have been two modern adaptations of Austen novels to the Indian screen — Bride And Prejudice (2004) by Gurinder Chadha, starring Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson, and Emma as Aisha (2010, Rajshree Ojha) starring Sonam Kapoor.

The appeal of Jane Austen’s books has just never faded. As Clare McHugh writes in The Washington Post, “Wander down the aisle of any bookshop, browsing covers, and you are bound to find more than one referencing Jane Austen: The Jane Austen Society, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Other Bennet Sister, Jane Fairfax, The Jane Austen Project. A literary industrial complex has mushroomed around the Regency-era author during the past two decades, fuelled by readers who, having delighted in one, two or all six of her beloved novels, eagerly snap up adjacent titles. Publishers with high sales figures dancing in their heads gladly feed the machine, to mixed results.”

Jane Austen, who remained single herself and not for lack of suitors, wrote of the romantic and marital troubles of Regency era women with wit, empathy and astute perceptiveness. In spite of social norms stacked against them, Austen heroines — Elizabeth Bennet above all — were bright and spirited.

In her first book (which was published anonymously, with the words ‘By A Lady’ appearing in place of the author), Sense and Sensibility, the two impoverished Dashwood sisters face a whole lot of tribulations before settling down into marriage — Marianne, jilted by her lover, weds a staid man many years her senior, while the sedate Elinor gets to marry the man she loves.

In Austen’s most loved book, Pride And Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are attracted to each other, but she consents to marry him, only when she is convinced of his love for her. Elizabeth is the most endearing of Austen’s heroines, and also the author’s favourite. (The name Darcy has come to represent Mr Right over the years, right up to Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and beyond).

Northanger Abbey is the charming coming-of-age story of a naïve young woman, Catherine Morland, who eventually finds a suitable man to love and marry. Fanny Price, the heroine of Mansfield Park, is sent by her poor family to live with her aunt and uncle; in spite of her circumstances, she refuses the proposal by an unsuitable man and eventually marries the kindly Edmund Bertram.

In her most light-hearted novel, Emma, the titular character is the rich young woman who tries, unsuccessfully, to matchmake among her friends — finally falling in love herself with the mature George Knightley.

In Persuasion, Anne Elliot was forced by her snobbish father to reject Captain Frederick Wentworth, but when he returns from war, she discovers his true love for her.

Austen wrote — with a lot of inspiration from her own life — about what would be considered minor matters in the larger scheme of things, but that also could be the reason for her undiminished popularity. There is the common thread of young women coming of age, after going through financial troubles, romance and heartbreak, to discover their own strengths and appreciate the strong and silent men who love them.

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.” Or “Oh! I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other…” Or “I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. My attachments are always excessively strong.” These are sharp and surprisingly modern lines for a time when women had little education and few legal rights.

Interestingly, it is not just women who read her novels. Many male writers of her time (like Sir Walter Scott), and those who came after her, appreciated her writing too. Rudyard Kipling wrote a story titled The Janeites, about a group of World War I soldiers bonding over Jane Austen novels (“there’s no one to touch Jane when you’re in a tight spot”), from which the name of the Austen fan club — Janeites — probably emerged. He also wrote a poem, Jane’s Marriage, that concludes with the lines:

Jane lies in Winchester, blessed be her shade!

Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made.

And while the stones of Winchester—or Milsom Street—remain,

Glory, Love, and Honour unto England’s Jane!

The writer is a Mumbai-based columnist, critic, and author

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From firstpost. : One of the most well-known writers in English literature, Jane Austen, was also born on 16 December 1775. She remains beloved by generations for her novels including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Persuasion.

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Read these books by Jane Austen on her birth anniversary

Read these books by Jane Austen on her birth anniversary

Written byAnujj Trehaan

Dec 16, 2022, 11:18 am2 min read

Read these books by Jane Austen on her birth anniversary
These five books by Jane Austen are excellent reads

Remembering the famous English author through her best works.Despite only having six books to her credit, Jane Austen commanded a huge fan following and readership worldwide.Owing to her social commentary and realism, she was among the first few novelists to grab the attention of various reputed scholars and critics.On her 247th birth anniversary, read these five books by her.

‘Pride and Prejudice’

This novel’s popularity hasn’t faded with time as it still continues to be a favorite among several modern readers.It is the most famous work by Austen, which she used to call “her own darling child.”The romantic clash between the protagonist Elizabeth Bennett and her beau Mr. Darcy is probably the most fascinating element of this fine print, making it an excellent read.


This book is Jane Austen’s last completed book, which she finished a year before her death in 1817.Besides its main theme, it touches upon a host of topics including the Royal Navy.In this book, the late author expressed how society applied persuasion and pressure on young women.All in all, it is a combination of love and sorrow, making it a must-read.

‘Sense and Sensibility’

This novel is about two sisters Elinor and Marianne, and happens to be Austen’s first-ever publication.The two are banished from all the wealth and luxury they have grown up in after their father dies.While Marianne, the younger one, showcases ‘sensibility’ by wearing her heart on her sleeves, the elder sister Elinor makes ‘sense’ with her concern for the social conventions.

‘Northanger Abbey’

This book was published posthumously and is believed to be written by the author much before her other works.It is also thought that this book was written as a “fireside entertainment” for Austen’s family and friends.It is about 17-year-old Catherine Morland, who enjoys Gothic thrillers and falls in love with Henry Tilney.Suspicions, ghost stories, and untimely deaths make it gripping!

‘Mansfield Park’

This novel is Austen’s third print and perhaps, the most controversial of all.The story is about Fanny Price, who is poor and grows up as a companion to her wealthy cousins in Mansfield Park.It is considered to be the first mature work by the late author owing to her examination of social conventions and integrity.Check out more such book recommendations.

Dr. Rita J. Dashwood



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Happy birthday Jane Austen! From ballroom dances to *that* lake scene with Mr Darcy, many of the places we care for have featured in Austen adaptations, but who can name these places and where they have appeared?

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Today is all about Jane Austen and my whole day is devoted to her! Happy Birthday #JaneAusten ❤️🍰☕️📚🎈

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Jane Austen was born #OnThisDay in 1775. What’s your favourite Jane Austen novel? This portrait of Austen was made after a drawing by her sister Cassandra:




Happy Birthday Jane #Austen! #OTD in 1816, she writes to her nephew James Edward Austen describing her writing practice as ‘the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labour’.

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“We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny.” (letter from George Austen, father of Jane). Happy Birthday Jane Austen born 16 December 1775, Steventon, Hampshire. #JaneAusten #BornOnThisDay




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Happy birthday indeed. Jane has enriched my life and been my great companion for so long, if she could only imagine the impact she would have had on so many lives. ❤

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✨ Happy Birthday Jane Austen! Today marks #JaneAusten‘s 247th birthday, born #onthisday in 1775. 🎁 Today we’re celebrating Jane’s life and getting excited for tonight’s virtual birthday party! (Tickets for the party available until 6pm! #OTD

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‘If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.’ Emma by Jane Austen, born #OnThisDay in 1775 #FridayFeeling



“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ~Jane Austen #BornOnThisDay #JaneAusten #OTD 📷 BBC

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I doubt any author has ever owed more to another than I do to #JaneAusten, who was born on this day nearly 250 years ago. From my personal collection, in order of composition, six of the most incandescent, perfect novels in the world




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Happy birthday, Jane Austen, who singlehandedly has raised the reputation of Sagittariuses for all time

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Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! I got you a cake, but father objected on the grounds that it’s bad for you. XOXO Emma

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Dec. 16th: Jane Austen’s birthday! My family celebrates by living by candlelight for one day and having a Regency inspired dinner. Try to incorporate some Jane Austen Christmas traditions throughout your season! Anyone want to play a game of Snap-dragon??

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Jane Austen was born #otd 1775. There’s often a debate over who’s best: Austen or the Brontes. Surely we can and should appreciate them both? Jane Austen was a brilliant, dazzling writer; a timeless genius who didn’t just write ‘romances’ – she wrote hilarious & moving satires

Gemma Matthews



Happy birthday Jane Austen! 🥳 Here’s my embroidery called The Walking Party that was inspired by reading her books… The tiny figures are no more than 15mm tall!🧵📚🔍#stitchedart #literature #inspired #thesewingsongbird

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Happy birthday to Jane Austen! Celebrate her self-love legacy by naming every single beloved character in your canon after yourself 🥰

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I already own all of these so I am not entering, but you should! Longbourn Letters is letters between Mr. Collins and Mr. Bennet, and the other books are masterful completions of Jane Austen’s novels.

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Happy birthday #JaneAusten born #OTD To celebrate, I’d like to give away a signed copy of #ASeasonAtSanditon, #TheWatsons & #TheLongbournLetters to one lucky winner. Like, Follow, Retweet International competition. Winner picked Monday 19th December #Sanditon #histfic

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Happy birthday #JaneAusten born #OTD To celebrate, I’d like to give away a signed copy of #ASeasonAtSanditon, #TheWatsons & #TheLongbournLetters to one lucky winner. Like, Follow, Retweet International competition. Winner picked Monday 19th December #Sanditon #histfic

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Today would have been Jane Austen’s 247th birthday! What a perfect time to reacquaint yourself with our #JaneAusten collection here at the library! We have her novels & an extensive collection about her life.

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Happy Birthday to Jane Austen! “We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny….” -Letter from Rev. George Austen, December 17, 1775 #JaneAusten #JASNA #Janeite

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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Happy birthday to Jane Austen, born #onthisday in 1775.

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Today, #JaneAusten birthday, I am watching new recordings for #FLJaneAusten online; thinking about new 3rd year module on #Austen for 2023-24; plotting an exhibition


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Today, #JaneAusten birthday, I am watching new recordings for #FLJaneAusten online; thinking about new 3rd year module on #Austen for 2023-24; plotting an exhibition


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Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Our December speaker, Kim Wilson, gave a spirited, informed, and well-attended presentation on how the Twelve Days of Christmas were celebrated in Jane Austen’s day. You can try making your own Twelfth Night Cake using the recipe here.

And on for those of you who were unable to attend the gala, below is the text of Kim Wilson’s birthday toast.

My dear JASNA friends,

I won’t begin as Jane Austen wrote jokingly in her letter to her sister, Cassandra, on Christmas Day, 1798: “I wish you a merry Christmas, but no compliments of the season.” I do wish you the very best compliments.

As we gather with our friends and fellow Janeites to celebrate the holiday season and Jane Austen’s birthday, we are reminded of the joy and warmth that come from spending time with those we care about. We reflect on the past year and look forward to the year to come, and we’re grateful for the countless blessings, the gifts, that we have received.

One of those gifts, of course, is the rich and enduring legacy of Jane Austen’s writing. For over 200 years, her novels have enchanted and delighted readers all over the world, and have provided us with a glimpse into the world of Regency England and the lives of her charming and complex characters. With her sharp wit, keen observations, and timeless insights, Jane Austen has given us a the gift of a treasure trove of literary masterpieces that will continue to be cherished and admired for generations to come. So I would like to raise a glass and propose a toast our brilliant and beloved Jane Austen.

Happy Birthday, Jane! May your writing continue to bring us joy, laughter, and wisdom, and may you be forever celebrated as one of the greatest novelists in the English language.

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On this day, 16th December 1775, our beloved Jane Austen finally came into this world. I say finally as Jane’s birth was very overdue. The following day her father wrote to his sister of her birth:

“You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age grown such bad reckoners but so it was, for Cassey 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’.”

How prophetic was their father, Jane would indeed become a devoted companion of her older sister. The weather that winter was very hard with snow on the ground for a long time and very cold temperatures. Gilbert White at his nearby home in Selbourne noted in early January 1776:

“Snow driving all the day, which was followed by frost, sleet, and some snow, till the 12th, when a prodigious mass overwhelmed all the works of men, drifting over the tops of the gates and filling the hollow lanes.”

Jane was baptised by her father at home on the 17th December, her public baptism would not be until the 5th April when her godparents were the Revd Samuel Cook, rector of Great Bookham (husband of maternal cousin), Mrs Jane Austen (great-aunt, wife of Mr Francis Austen of Sevenoaks), Mrs Musgrave of Chinnor, Oxfordshire. (wife of maternal cousin).

Birthdays were not much celebrated in Jane’s time unless you were royalty, someone of consequence or wealthy


Jane does not mention her own birthday in letters written on the day but Jane did send birthday wishes to Cassandra on hers in January when they were apart, even if some of the wishes were a little strange. The first was the initial line in Letter number 1 that is in existence from1796:

“In the first place I hope you will live twenty-three years longer. Mr. Tom Lefroy’s birthday was yesterday, so that you are very near of an age.”

There are records of some possible gifts. Jane’s cousin, Eliza twice gifted French books to Jane in December, and her father bought Jane her writing desk close to her birthday.

The family of Jane’s brother Edward celebrated more but they had money to spare. Thanks to Fanny’s pocketbook and letters, we know that there were celebrations for her birthday. Her new governess, Miss Sharpe, arrive on her 11th birthday in 1804, and she was included in the family party, which included an elegant sumptuous breakfast. Fanny wrote to her old governess of her presents.

For Fanny’s 14th birthday, Cassandra was at Godmersham and bought her a pair of agate bracelets. However the biggest celebrations were kept for Fanny’s brother Edward when he reached the age of 21 on the 10th May 1815 . As heir to his father’s fortune he was regarded as important to the future of the estates and the livelihood of the many people dependant on him. This resulted in not only family celebrations but by a ball for the servants and tenants as well. Beds in the nursery were removed and the servants decorated the room with bunches of Laurel and Lilac whilst at the upper end E K were in gold letters surrounded with boughs and lamps. Fanny had the honour of opening the dancing with the Vicar.

Even though Jane obviously did not celebrate her birthday to any great extent, there are people all over the world who will be meeting up around now to honour the day and raise a glass to her “immortal memory”.

#OTD 16th December

Austen, Jane. The Letters of Jane Austen: Annotated (p. 45). Kindle Edition.

Le Faye, Deirdre. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family (p. 67). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.

Almost Another Sister: The Family Life of Fanny Knight, Jane Austen’s Favourite Niece by Margaret Wilson

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Well, as today is no ordinary day, I shall not write an ordinary post. I have not one but two events in Jane-History for you 🤗

Firstly, I’d like to remind my readers that

#OTD 16 December in fictional 1810,

Mary Elliot married Charles, son of Charles Musgrove Esq. of Uppercross in Somerset.

And secondly, I have another of Jane’s wonderful letters for you; one, which she wrote to her nephew Edward Austen Leigh on #OTD 16 December 1816 – her birthday, just 7 months before her untimely death in July the following year.

I love this letter so much, could read it again and again. Though it is a tad sad, because we have the knowledge of what will be. But if you read it from Jane’s point, she is trying to convince her dear Edward [A-L] of how well uncle Henry looks after his illness in 1815.

Henry dictated on 21 October 1815 a letter to Jane’s publisher Murray…

“Severe illness has confined me to my Bed ever since I received Yours of ye 15th – I cannot yet hold a pen, & employ an Amuensis [sic]…”

The amanuensis in this case was Jane herself.

Further in her letter she is so happy at Charles’ rallying again. Charles has had such a long stretch of sad months behind him. In September 1814 his beloved Fanny died giving birth to their baby Elizabeth, who died a fortnight later. In 1816 his ship wrecked off Smyrna in the Mediterranean Sea. He had been court martialled in April 1816 and though he got off, he hasn’t been given the command of another ship since; indeed he had to wait another decade before that would happen.

Jane sees everyone around her looking so well again, including herself. Her thinking herself better, even for a short while only, fills me with warmth and happiness.

Chawton, Monday, Dec. 16th (1816).

My Dear E., — One reason for my writing to you now is, that I may have the pleasure of directing to you Esqre. I give you joy of having left Winchester. Now you may own how miserable you were there; now it will gradually all come out, your crimes and your miseries — how often you went up by the Mail to London and threw away fifty guineas at a tavern, and how often you were on the point of hanging yourself, restrained only, as some ill-natured aspersion upon poor old Winton has it, by the want of a tree within some miles of the city. Charles Knight and his companions passed through Chawton about 9 this morning; later than it used to be. Uncle Henry and I had a glimpse of his handsome face, looking all health and good humour. I wonder when you will come and see us. I know what I rather speculate upon, but shall say nothing. We think uncle Henry in excellent looks. Look at him this moment, and think so too, if you have not done it before; and we have the great comfort of seeing decided improvement in uncle Charles, both as to health, spirits, and appearance. And they are each of them so agreeable in their different way, and harmonise so well, that their visit is thorough enjoyment. Uncle Henry writes very superior sermons. You and I must try to get hold of one or two, and put them into our novels: it would be a fine help to a volume; and we could make our heroine read it aloud on a Sunday evening, just as well as Isabella Wardour, in the “Antiquary,” is made to read the “History of the Hartz Demon” in the ruins of St Ruth, though I believe, on recollection, Lovell is the reader. By the bye, my dear E., I am quite concerned for the loss your mother mentions in her letter. Two chapters and a half to be missing is monstrous! It is well that I have not been at Steventon lately, and therefore cannot be suspected of purloining them: two strong twigs and a half towards a nest of my own would have been something. I do not think however, that any theft of that sort would be really very useful to me. What should I do with your strong, manly, spirited sketches, full of variety and glow? How could I possibly join them on to the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush, as produces little effect after much labour?

You will hear from uncle Henry how well Anna is. She seems perfectly recovered. Ben was here on Saturday, to ask uncle Charles and me to dine with them, as to-morrow, but I was forced to decline it, the walk is beyond my strength (though I am otherwise very well), and this is not a season for donkey-carriages; and as we do not like to spare uncle Charles, he has declined it too. Tuesday. Ah, ha! Mr. E., I doubt your seeing uncle Henry at Steventon to-day. The weather will prevent your expecting him, I think. Tell your father, with aunt Cass’s love and mine, that the pickled cucumbers are extremely good, and tell him also — “tell him what you will.” No, don’t tell him what you will, but tell him that grandmamma begs him to make Joseph Hall pay his rent, if he can.

You must not be tired of reading the word uncle, for I have not done with it. Uncle Charles thanks your mother for her letter; it was a great pleasure to him to know that the parcel was received and gave so much satisfaction, and he begs her to be so good as to give three shillings for him to Dame Staples, which shall be allowed for in the payment of her debt here. […]

Adieu, Amiable! I hope Caroline behaves well to you.

Yours affectionately,

J. Austen


Today, as every year on this day, I’ll be baking a cake for Jane and I’ll be raising a cup of tea in her memory 🤗

I might see some of you at the Zoom event at Jane Austen’s House later tonight ☺️

Happy heavenly birthday, Amiable ☺️


Image: my Black Forest Gateaux for Jane’s 246th birthday ☺️

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Christina Boyd, The Quill Ink9h  · Seven Ways to Celebrate Jane Austen on her birthday!BUZZFEED.COM7 Ways To Celebrate Jane Austen’s BirthdayDecember 16 marks Jane Austen’s 238th birthday. Here’s how true fans will commemorate the author on her special day.

Jane Austen Festival, Bath, UK
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Many happy returns to our beloved Jane Austen, born on this day in 1775… and we are still celebrating her wonderful works, cutting wit and well-observed characters today.
Wherever you are in the world, whether you are re-watching a favourite adaptation, reading a well-loved passage from her novels or maybe even giving her works a try for the first time today, we hope you enjoy your celebrations.
If you love Jane Austen enough to celebrate her life, era and works for ten whole days, join us for the next Jane Austen Festival, 8th-17th September 2023.
#janeaustenfestival #happybirthday

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Happy birthday to #JaneAusten, born #OTD in 1775. “I wish you joy of your birthday twenty times over” was actually written by Jane to her sister Cassandra, but we would like to extend the same to Jane herself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, let’s go ahead and make it 100 times over.

Dr. Sayantani DasGupta



It’s Jane Austen’s birthday! 🎉🥳 A good day to order the Austen lover in your life a contemporary, POC, YA feminist Pride and Prejudice retelling! Or… to preorder a Sense and Sensibility meets Shakespeare meets Bridgerton romp of a YA romcom

Jessica Bull



Tonight, I’m going to party like it’s 1775 👒🎉

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✨ Happy Birthday Jane Austen! Today marks #JaneAusten’s 247th birthday, born #onthisday in 1775. 🎁 Today we’re celebrating Jane’s life and getting excited for tonight’s virtual birthday party! (Tickets for the party available until 6pm! #OTD

Felicity George



After an afternoon chat, Mr George & I have a question: who do you consider the single greatest writer of all time? (If you want to know my answer, here’s a hint: it’s her 247th birthday today.) #GOAT #WritingCommunity #JaneAustenDay #JaneAusten #amreading

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Today is #JaneAusten 247th birthday. If you are looking for a gift to celebrate her and the coming season my readers tell me this book makes the perfect gift for your #BFF


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Happy 247th birthday to beloved author #JaneAusten! I took this picture of the evocative 2018 statue of Austen by sculptor #AdamRoud at #StNicholasChurch on my visit to #Chawton last summer. #janeite #regencywriter #19thcenturyliterature #literarypilgrimage #womenshistory

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Happy Birthday to the greatest to ever put quill to paper. Immortalized on my skin, and etched in my heart and soul until I cease to take breath. Often imitated, but truly inimitable. Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

Posted by: Kirk | December 6, 2022

Week in review….12/6

Just 10 days to go until JANE AUSTEN’S VIRTUAL BIRTHDAY PARTY! 🎈

Join us for:

🎵 Fabulous music

🍰 Fascinating talks

📖Beautiful readings

📣 An entertaining quiz

🎡 A whole host of fun and games in the spirit of the Austen family!

✨ Special guests include Austen expert Professor John Mullan, Dr Serena Dyer and our Reimagine Residents Jordan Mitchell-King (👗) and musician Laura Klein (🎹).

🎩 Regency dress encouraged but not essential!

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The beautiful outdoor wreaths on our 1806 Mansion were made by Mary Ellen Donovan and Evelyn Hietsch of the Waltham Garden Club. This is the second year that the Club has presented Gore Place with two wreaths for the Mansion’s exterior. Mary Ellen Donovan and Kathy Hines, co-presidents of the Waltham Garden Club, said that the wreaths are the Club’s way of wishing Gore Place “Merry Christmas!”
#AltText: In the first photo a green wreath is decorated with gold, blue, and white ornaments and ribbons. The second photo shows more of the brick 1806 Mansion’s exterior.
#HappyHolidays #HistoricHome #WalthamGardenClub #GorePlace
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‘You are the Paragon of all that is Silly & Sensible, common-place & eccentric, Sad & Lively, Provoking & Interesting… You are so odd!-& all the time, so perfectly natural-so peculiar in yourself, & yet so like everybody else!’
Jane Austen writing to her niece Fanny Knight from this house in 1817.
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It’s time for my annual tradition of to listening to the Yuletide audiobook, narrated by Harry Frost, over and over and over again until Christmas comes! Yuletide is a wonderful collection of Pride and Prejudice themed Christmas stories by @homeofawriter @amydoraz @anngelaschroederauthor @joana_starnes J. Marie Croft, Lona Manning, and Caitlin Williams; edited by @xtnaboyd It’s the perfect addition to any Jane Austen’s fan’s shelf in either book or audio form. Plus proceeds from the ebook and paperback sales go to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing.
If interested in reading my full review of the audiobook, retype this link: (I’ll also include a clickable link in my stories) Merry Christmas!
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Still figuring out your plans for Jane Austen’s birthday?
Please join us for a free online event through the New York Public Library at 2:00 PM Eastern on Friday, December 16, organized and moderated by Tabrizia Jones, and featuring guests Renata Dennis, Soniah Kamal, Damianne Scott, and yours truly!

Posted by: Kirk | November 30, 2022

11/30 Week in review…..

David FreemanJane Austen Society of North America, Northern California

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A look at how food is presented in Austen/Regency adaptations – is it real?

Feasts for the eyes –– food in (mostly) Austen adaptations


Feasts for the eyes –– food in (mostly) Austen adaptations

As you ease yourself from your own groaning board this Thanksgivin

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

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Leftover turkey & trimmings + possible snow = time for a cozy turkey pot pie for dinner! Every time I see British meat pies on “Great British Bakeoff,” I imagine Jane Austen enjoying them and it’s lovely to think we can still experience meals she probably did.

Recipe from No. 2 Pencil (It makes 2!):…/

More on the history of savory pies in the United Kingdom:


And some other recipes:


And even more recipes! I will not be making stargazy pie!


It’s also #GivingTuesday! If you want to donate to a Jane Austen-inspired organization, North American Friends of Chawton House is a great way to help preserve things Jane Austen. 

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#OTD 15 November 1798

On Saturday, November 17, 1798 Jane Austen writes to her sister Cassandra, who resides at Godmersham Park…

“…I went to Deane with my father two days ago to see Mary, who is still plagued with the rheumatism, which she would be very glad to get rid of, and still more glad to get rid of her child, of whom she is heartily tired. Her nurse is come and has no particular charm either of person or manner; but as all the Hurstbourne world pronounce her to be the best nurse that ever was, Mary expects her attachment to increase…”

Mary is Mrs James Austen, née Lloyd, and I suppose the child she’d be glad to “get rid of” would be the child she was carrying and making her uncomfortable. Mary was due any day now.

Having married his first wife Anne Mathew on 27 March 1792 at Laverstoke in a ceremony performed by his father Rev. Austen, the newlyweds lived at Deane parsonage on a joint income from Anne’s generous father and James’ clerical pay of £300 a year. James kept a pack of harriers (hunting hounds) and Anne an open carriage…

The following year, their daughter Jane Anna Elizabeth was born. But their family life was not to last, for Anne died unexpectantly on the 3rd May 1795.

In 1797 he married family friend Mary Lloyd how moved in to the parsonage. James Edward Austen (Leigh) was born at Deane Parsonage the following year and Caroline Mary Craven Austen was born at Steventon Parsonage in 1805, for when Jane’s father retired, the James Austens did not hesitate in moved in without delay.

How James and Mary got on I know not. I suppose opposites attract!

He was a scholar delighted in spending time in his library or a walk in the woods. Mary on the other hand had no patience with books or reading, always worried over finances.

When Jane, Cassandra and her mother later moved to Southampton, James and his family often visited them there when they could. After one of their holiday get-togethers Jane noticed a change in her brother.

– “The company of so good & clever a man ought to be gratifying in itself; but his Chat seems all forced, his Opinions on many points too much copied from his wife.”

The gentle poet and talented writer she had known in her elder brother seemed to be gone.

Image: Deane House

The Harwoods who lived at Deane House were friends of the Austens and Jane Austen frequently visited.

NOTE: It was here at a ball on Friday 1st January 1796 that Jane first met Tom Lefroy, a visiting Irish nephew of the Lefroys from nearby Ashe.

Sadly, I couldn’t find an image of Deane Parsonage, not even a sketch. The parsonage was demolished in the mid 19th century.

A very beautiful area. If ever you should visit, do include such small hamlets like Deane. They ooze Austen charme. Jane and Cassandra used to walk these lanes and talked and confided in each other here.

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Regency History is at Painted Hall.

November 22 at 2:04 AM  · London, United Kingdom  · 

A Regency tourist attraction – the Painted Hall at Greenwich.

It was almost one hundred years old in the Regency, the paintings having been completed in the 1720s.

The artist was Sir James Thornhill, who spent twenty years on the massive project.

It’s part of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, set up by Queen Mary and opened in the early 1700s.

In January 1806 thousand of people visited the hall to pay their respects to Admiral Lord Nelson. His body lay in state here before his funeral in St Paul’s cathedral.

The Painted Hall has recently undergone a huge renovation, to help protect it for future tourists to enjoy.


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🎵 From 1 December, enjoy an enchanting Christmas AUDIO SOUNDTRACK as you wander through the House, including festive readings by Dame Emma Thompson, and Regency era carols!

🪵 EXPERIENCE the House as the Austen family would have known it, with seasonal aromas from log fires to mulling spices, decorative greenery and cosy candles bringing the rooms to life.

🗺 Follow our brand-new Winter Trail, with writing prompts and activities to help you get into the festive spirit.

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On this day, 19th November 1869, Jane Austen’s nephew, [James] Edward Austen Leigh, wrote a postscript to his Memoir, repudiating a comment made about his beloved aunt in the recently published “Life of M. R. Mitford in a Selection from Her Letters to Her Friends” edited by the Revd A.G. L’Estrange. Edward had objected to a letter by Mary Russell Mitford to Sir William Elford in which she wrote:
“A propos to novels, I have discovered that our great favourite, Miss Austen, is my countrywoman; that mamma knew all her family very intimately; and that she herself is an old maid (I beg her pardon—I mean a young lady) with whom mamma before her marriage was acquainted. Mamma says that she was then the prettiest, silliest, most affected, husband-hunting butterfly she ever remembers; and a friend of mine, who visits her now, says that she has stiffened into the most perpendicular, precise, taciturn piece of “single blessedness” that ever existed, and that, till Pride and Prejudice’ showed what a precious gem was hidden in that unbending case, she was no more regarded in society than a poker or a fire-screen, or any other thin upright piece of wood or iron that fills its corner in peace and quietness. The case is very different now; she is still a poker-but a poker of whom every one is afraid.”

Edward retaliated with:

“Since these pages were in type, I have read with astonishment the strange misrepresentation of my aunt’s manners given by Miss Mitford in a letter which appears in her lately-published Life, vol. i. p. 305. . . . Certainly it is so totally at variance with the modest simplicity of character which I have attributed to my aunt, that if it could be supposed to have a semblance of truth, it must be equally injurious to her memory and to my trustworthiness as her biographer. . . I am able to prove by a reference to dates that Miss Mitford must have been under a mistake, and that her mother could not possibly have known what she was supposed to have reported; inasmuch as Jane Austen, at the time referred to, was a little girl.”
Mary Mitford’s mother was born, Mary Russell in 1750 to the Revd Richard Russell and Mary Dicker. Her father was the Rector of Ashe from 1729 until his death in 1783. Jane’s parents were at nearby Deane Rectory from their marriage in 1764 to 1768, barely a mile from each other so they must have known each other pretty well.
When the Revd Russell died in 1783 the living was taken over by George Lefroy and his widow moved to Alresford about 14 miles away. Mary Russell’s mother died in March 1785 and in October of the same year, 36 year old Mary, with a fortune of £28.000, married George Mitford an aspiring surgeon from Northumberland. Sadly he managed to fritter away Mary’s fortune and a £20,000 lottery win on gaming and failed investments.
Poor Edward was obviously affronted by the reference that had been attributed to his beloved aunt, but not so affronted that he repeated the postscript in the second edition. The family so desperately wanted to protect the reputation of Jane, and whether the recollections of Mary Russell were correct or no, we know from the surviving letters that Jane was no angel and she herself in a letter to Fanny Knight in March 1817 said:
“. . . pictures of perfection as you know make me sick & wicked.”
Perhaps Edward should have taken Mr Bennet’s advice:
“You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”
I, for one, am excessively diverted!
#OTD 19th November
Life of M. R. Mitford in a Selection from Her Letters to Her Friends” edited by the Revd A.G. L’Estrange
Le Faye, Deirdre. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family (p. 687). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.
Mary Russell Mitford The Tragedy of a Blue Stocking
By W. J. Roberts
Mary Russell Mitford, after Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1824
Map from 1791showing how close Ashe and Deane are.
Mary’s letter reference to Jane. Full letter can also be read at page 305/6 of
Ashe Rectory (From a sketch by the Rev. Ben. Lefroy) Jane Austen
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British Country Homes
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Tucked away in the Northern countryside lays the Grade II* Georgian ‘Castle Eden’ which sits on 14 acres surrounded by the Castle Eden Nature Reserve.
The Palladian style Castle boasts some spectacular uninterrupted views with landscaped gardens, mature grounds. 😍🏡🥰
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📖 NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) is under way! We’ve got you covered here at Jane Austen’s House with writing tips and tricks from Jane herself, as selected by our Creative Engagement Officer and poet Ellora Sutton.

✏️ Whether you’re mid-way through the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing your first novel in 30 days, or just beginning your writing journey, find wisdom in Jane’s words and follow your own path as she did…

✨“I must keep to my own style & go on in my own Way”

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Happy National Button Day! While it’s really about buttons used to fasten clothes, we couldn’t resist sharing these Jane Austen-inspired flair buttons. During Jane’s lifetime, buttons were usually used for men’s clothing, while women’s clothing used things such as bows, pins, and the like. Are you a button collector?

Read more about buttons in Georgian and Regency England in this article by Jane Austen’s world :

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Spotlight on a New Chapter at the Athenæum

This is it! The week that the Athenæum reopens its doors after a major expansion and renovation. We look forward to welcoming you to see the new and revitalized spaces. Until you can come in and enjoy the unique combination of library, museum, and cultural center, you can get your BA fix through our suggested histories, fiction, and even movies!

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Did you know…
Jane Austen had already started writing at the age of 11.
She wrote stories, poems, and even small plays. These were meant for the decoration and amusement of friends and family.
These early writings were bundled into the Juvenilia, which consisted of Volume the First, Volume the Second and Volume the Third. She wrote them between 1787 and 1793, but according to James Edward and Anna Austen, Jane’s cousin and niece, she added more things to it in later years.
The small works include, among others, Love and Freindship (completed in 1790, and note the special writing of Freindship! ), Henry and Eliza at Lesly Castle.
However, the most well-known of these short works, is The History of England, from Volume the Second (completed 1791, Jane was 15 then), in which the author (Jane of course) describes herself as; “a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant historian.” ” a partial, biased and ignorant historian.
In the work, she gives a humorous summary and personal view of the lives of the English princes, being Henry 4th to Charles 1st.
An example of Jane’s humor can be found in her description of Edward the 5th:
“Edward the 5th
This unfortunate Prince lived so little a while that nobody had him to draw his picture. He was murdered by his Uncle’s Contrivance, whose name was Richard the 3rd.”
Edward de 5de
This unfortunate prince lived so little that no one would let him draw his portrait. He was murdered by his uncle’s ingenuity, whose name was Richard the 3rd.
Jane dedicated this royal history to her sister Cassandra, who in turn brightened the work with 13 watercolors.

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For National Bundt Day, I wanted to make a cake with warm, autumnal flavors Jane Austen might find familiar. I used my little 6-cup Bundt pan and the 6-cup recipe for pound cake on the @nordicwareusa site, but added orange zest when creaming the butter and sugar together, and lovely spices ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, plus cinnamon. The perfect little treat on a chilly November day! What is your favorite kind of Bundt cake?
The Jane Austen Centre, Bath on spices in the Regency:…/snacks…/the-spices-of-life
British Country Homes
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Local folklore has it that “The Grange” near Bridgwater in Somerset, was a stopping off place for pilgrims travelling to Glastonbury, and although current research goes back to the 1700s, records of its earlier history are believed to be held in Longleat’s Glastonbury library.
The property was a single house until the mid 1900s when it was divided into two separate homes. Both are once again a single dwelling, the entire property is Grade II listed. 😍🏡🥰
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Last year I made up a holiday gift guide of my favorite Jane Austen products and I thought I would reshare it. I have put the link below that you can retype, and I’ll share it in my stories as well. Happy Holidays and Holiday Shopping!

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Please welcome to the stage….THE TESSA. Inspired by hats worn with Georgian riding habits this new shape was made from a pattern drafted by me and taken from designs found in paintings and fashion plates.
She can be made in any colour and comes with co-ordinating ribbon, feathers of your choice and a vintage brooch or buckle decoration. Now available in the Emporium she can be found here:
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Our region grows a lot of apples and many people make apple butter with them. In Jane Austen’s time, she ate the English version, “Black Butter.” The Jane Austen Centre, Bath has a modernized recipe, if you would like to try it:
Do you like heavy cinnamon flavor? What do you put apple butter on?


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Herbal teas or tisanes, are beverages made from the infusion or decoction of herbs & spices in hot water. The term “herbal tea” is often used in contrast to true teas, which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.


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On this day, November 8th 1814, Jane Austen’s dear niece, Anna Austen, daughter of James Austen married Benjamin Lefroy. However, Jane did not attend the wedding, neither did her mother or sister. Years later, Anna’s younger half-sister and one of the bridesmaids, Caroline, would recall the day:
“My sister’s wedding was certainly in the extreme of quietness, yet not so as to be in any way remarked upon or censured, and this was the order of the day. The bridegroom came from Ashe Rectory where he had hitherto lived with his brother; and Mr and Mrs Lefroy came with him and another brother, Mr Edward Lefroy. Anne Lefroy the eldest little girl was one of the bridesmaids and I was the other. My brother came from Winchester that morning, but was to stay only a few hours. We in the house had a slight early breakfast upstairs, and between 9 and 10 the bride, my mother, Mrs Lefroy, Anne and myself, were taken to church in our carriage. All the gentlemen walked. The weather was dull and cloudy, but it did not actually rain. The season of the year, the unfrequented road of half a mile, to the lonely old church, the grey light within of a November morning, making its way through the narrow windows, no stove to give warmth, no flowers to give colour and brightness, no friends, high or low, to offer their good wishes, and so to claim some interest in the great event of the day – all these circumstances and deficiencies must, I think, have given a gloomy air to our wedding. Mr Lefroy read the service, my father gave his daughter away. The clerk, of course, was there, though I do not particularly remember him, but I am quite sure there was no-one else in the church, nor was anyone asked to the breakfast, to which we sat down as soon as we got back.
“I do not think this idea of sadness struck me at the time, the bustle in the house and all the preparations had excited me, and it seemed to me a festivity from beginning to end. The breakfast was such as best breakfasts then were: some variety of bread, hot rolls, buttered toast; tongue or ham and eggs. The addition of chocolate at one end of the table, and the wedding cake in the middle, marked the speciality of the day. I and Anne Lefroy nine and six years wore white frocks and had white ribband on our straw bonnets, which, I suppose, were new for the occasion. Soon after breakfast, the bride and bridegroom departed. . . Such were the wedding festivities of Steventon in 1814!”
The attendees were Anna’s parents and half brother, Edward and half sister Caroline as bridesmaid, Ben’s father, and brother Edward with whom the couple would live in Hendon for a while and it was this Edward that cared for Anna and her seven children when Ben died very young. The second bridesmaid was six year old Anne Lefroy, Ben’s niece, the daughter of his brother John Lefroy and wife Sophia Cottrell. Ben’s father also conducted the service.
It seems strange that Jane, Cassandra and Mrs Austen did not attend considering they had taken in Anna in the two years between her mother’s death and her father’s marriage to Mary Lloyd. They also looked after her for extended periods when Anna and her step-mother did not get on. However there were concerns in the Austen household about Anna’s choice of husband. Jane wrote in a letter in September 1813 to brother Francis:
“We are anxious to have it go on well, there being as much in his favour as the Chances are likely to give her in any matrimonial connection. I beleive [sic] he is sensible, certainly very religious, well connected & with some Independence. There is an unfortunate dissimularity [sic]of Taste between them in one respect which gives us some apprehensions, he hates company & she is very fond of it; This, with some queerness of Temper on his side & much unsteadiness on hers, is untoward.”
The following month Jane said in a letter to Cassandra:
“I have had a late account from Steventon, & a baddish one, as far as Ben is concerned. — He has declined a Curacy (apparently highly eligible) which he might have secured against his taking orders — & upon its’ being made rather a serious question, says he has not made up his mind as to taking orders so early — & that if her Father makes a point of it, he must give Anna up rather than do what he does not approve. He must be maddish. They are going on again, at present as before — but it cannot last. — Mary says that Anna is very unwilling to go to Chawton & will get home again as soon as she can …”
It appears that the Austens had reservations against Anna’s choice, so maybe they chose not to attend or it may just be that the Lefroys and the James Austen family preferred a very quiet ceremony.
#OTD 8th November
Reminiscences of Caroline Austen – Jane Austen Society
Jane Austen Letters – Edited by Le Faye
Parish church at Steventon
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Get ready Sanditon fans! Here’s a Season 3 sneak peek at Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood, Cai Brigden as Ralph Starling, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Alexander Colbourne, Edward Davis as Lord Montrose and Crystal Clarke as Georgiana Lambe. Follow all the romances, friendships and struggles of the residents and newcomers to the seaside resort town when the series returns in 2023.

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“Wherever you are you should always be contented, but especially at home, because there you must spend the most of your time.”

~Jane Austen

“Northanger Abbey”

It snowed overnight and into the morning in some areas of our region! It’s a perfect afternoon to be cozy at home with a book. What are your must haves for that kind of occasion? Hot tea? A specific candle? Your favorite blanket?

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November 3 at 8:36 PM  · 

When Mr. Darcy becomes your friend…🫶🏼
*Sigh* this was a beautiful P&P variation where Georgiana comes to Netherfield with Mr. Darcy and heartwarming and compassionate relationships bloom between Elizabeth, Darcy, and Georgiana. ❤️💜💙
A romantic and tender Pride and Prejudice variation that is sure to delight readers who tend to favor stories with amiability over angst.🚫😫
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Jane Austen – Her Works and Her World
November 3 at 1:00 PM  · 

In 1807 genteel, Bermuda-born Fanny Palmer (1789?1814) married Jane Austen’s youngest brother, Captain Charles Austen, and was thrust into a demanding life within the world of the British navy. Experiencing adventure and adversity in wartime conditions both at sea and onshore, the spirited and resilient Fanny travelled between Bermuda, Nova Scotia, and England. For just over a year, her home was in the city of Halifax. After crossing the Atlantic in 1811, she ingeniously made a home for Charles and their daughters aboard a working naval vessel and developed a supportive friendship with his sister, Jane. In Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister Fanny’s articulate and informative letters ? transcribed in full for the first time and situated in their meticulously researched historical context ? disclose her quest for personal identity and autonomy, her maturation as a wife and mother, and the domestic, cultural, and social milieu she inhabited. Sheila Johnson Kindred also investigates how Fanny was a source of naval knowledge for Jane, and how she was an inspiration for Austen’s literary invention, especially for the female naval characters in Persuasion. Although she died young, Fanny’s story is a compelling record of female naval life that contributes significantly to our limited knowledge of women’s roles in the Napoleonic Wars. Enhanced by rarely seen illustrations, Fanny’s life story is a rich new source for Jane Austen scholars and fans of her fiction, as well as for those interested in biography, women’s letters, and history of the family.

Jane Austen Society of Flanders

November 2 at 9:03 AM  · 

Did you know…

The winter of 1775 was harsh. On November 11, naturalist Gilbert White saw that the trees in his hometown Selborne in Hampshire had nearly lost their leaves.

“Trees are beginning to bare,” he wrote in his diary.

Twenty-five miles away, in the village of Steventon located higher in the Downs, the preacher’s wife was expecting her seventh child any moment as the last leaves fell.

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775.

Her father wrote to a family member:

”You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age 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 now have another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny…

(The first Cassy is a reference to Mrs Austen, Jane’s mother, the second Cassy to Jane’s sister. Both were named Cassandra)

*sources; Jane Austen’s World and Jane Austen, a life of Claire Tomalin

*photo; pencil drawing by Cassandra Austen CA. 1810


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“Dear Miss Woodhouse!”—and “Dear Miss Woodhouse,” was all that Harriet, with many tender embraces could articulate at first; but when they did arrive at something more like conversation, it was sufficiently clear to her friend that she saw, felt, anticipated, and remembered just as she ought. Mr. Elton’s superiority had very ample acknowledgment.

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Posted by: Kirk | November 2, 2022

11/2 Week in review….
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🎃 Happy Pumpkin Day! 🎃 Flat Jane Austen visited the pumpkin patch over the weekend! Pumpkins were first brought to Europe from the New World in the late 1490s. Their similarity to Old World gourds made them easy to use in old recipes. It’s possible Jane Austen enjoyed some! What are your favorite ways to enjoy pumpkin? What are your go-to pumpkin recipes?
🎃 The Jane Austen Centre, Bath has more on the history and an old for a pumpkin pie from a 1832 American cookbook:
🎃 ManyEats on the history of the pumpkin:
🎃 smitten kitchen Pumpkin Bread:
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Did you know I have a free author newsletter? I shared news in today’s edition about Sister Novelists:, which launches in just nine days! Friends, I’m so grateful for your support of me and this book so far. I’d welcome your further advice about how to get this biography into good hands—and your sharing this with anyone who might be interested in fascinating true stories of once-famous, wrongly forgotten nineteenth-century sisters.…


Character Analysis

Cyndi Lauper memorably noted that “Girls just wanna have fun.” Well, that may be true, but Sense and Sensibility actually leads us to believe quite the contrary – most of the girls we’re concerned with are actually quite pensive. Sir John, however, does just wanna have fun. He’s all about parties, and he constantly invites tons of people over to chill at his immense house, Barton Park, even when his uptight wife doesn’t want him to. He’s not the most fashionable guy, nor is he exactly a huge social success. However, people generally seem to like him – because how could they not? He’s a hard partier with a heart of gold. He’s also fiercely loyal to his friends and family, though he might be a little too sympathetic, if anything – after all, he seems to forgive Willoughby (and offer him a puppy to make him feel better) once he sees how upset the younger man is by Marianne’s illness.

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

October 24 at 8:11 PM  · 

The cooler weather has continued in our region, with rain showers in many areas and light snow in others! Such things require some lovely cups of hot tea. Have you come across any new autumn teas? Are you still enjoying your fall standards? What are you drinking?

From Goodreads: “Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion
tags: autumn, fall, nature, pleasure, poets, seasons, walking Read more quotes from Jane Austen


October 20 at 8:28 PM  · 

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

―Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)


🎨 David Fleck

Posted by: Kirk | October 20, 2022

10/20 Week in review…

Jane Austen is my #HomegirlBookclub: Jane Austen is my #Homegirl

22h  · 

Book giveaway for the Colonel Brandon diaries…/354608-madly-deeply-the…

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

21h  · 

The Fall 2022 Jane Austen Society of North America News has been arriving and, in case you haven’t seen it, here is our region’s news! Inside you might find interviews, articles, news from different regions, and more. You can sign up by visiting the JASNA website below!

If you are already a member, you can read digital copies there, too!

Jane Austen’s House 

7h  · 

🧵 We’re thrilled that Jordan Mitchell-King is joining us as Artist in Residence.

👗 Jordan is a dress historian and maker who researches the cultures and embodied experiences of clothing in the past.

🪡 During her residency, Jordan is constructing a pair of Regency stays, documenting her process and will even be sewing in situ at the House next week! (🗓28 and 29 October:

💙 We’re also displaying further examples of Jordan’s work in the House: see the second photo.

Huge thanks to Art Fund who are funding this exciting project! 🙏

➡️ Find out more:


British Country Homes

1d  · 

“Netherfield” in Strathaven, is an exceptional small residential estate at the heart of which is the magnificent Listed Georgian villa (1776), Netherfield House. 😍🏡🥰

For more 👉👈

Not the agent, just a blog 😊

Source: agents, Savills

Property marketed in 2022 for £1.75m

Jane Austen – Her Works and Her World

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Her views of improving her little friend’s mind, by a great deal of useful reading and conversation, had never yet led to more than a few first chapters, and the intention of going on to-morrow. It was much easier to chat than to study; much pleasanter to let her imagination range and work at Harriet’s fortune, than to be labouring to enlarge her comprehension or exercise it on sober facts; and the only literary pursuit which engaged Harriet at present, the only mental provision she was making for the evening of life, was the collecting and transcribing all the riddles of every sort that she could meet with, into a thin quarto of hot-pressed paper, made up by her friend, and ornamented with ciphers and trophies.

Emma by Jane Austen

Volume 1, Chapter 9

Jane Austen Runs My Life

3d  · 

Day 16 of the #31daysofhallotean theme is a London Fog. Made this delicious and extra frothy one!

How to Make a London Fog ➡️

And because I didn’t offer a giveaway in July, for every 31 Days of Hallotean prompts you participate in, you’ll be entered in to win a giveaway!

So don’t forget to tag me or use the hashtag!



JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

5d  · 

It’s National Dessert Day! I wanted to make something autumnal, easy, and delicious. While looking for cake recipes from Jane Austen’s time, I found they were a wee bit fussier than I wanted to try during the week. I settled on this Farmhouse Buttermilk Cake from King Arthur Baking Company , which I can imagine Harriet Smith or Charlotte Collins making. I halved the recipe, made it in a 9-inch round pan, and decreased the baking time (check if it’s set after about 20-25 minutes before adding the topping). It’s a quick mix and bake, perfect for a fall Friday!


What are you making or having for dessert??

If you are interested in reading about some Regency desserts, here’s a piece from The Jane Austen Centre, Bath about some fancy ones:…/the-regency-dessert-course

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

October 11 at 7:54 PM  · 

Flat Jane Austen had an amazing time at the JASNA AGM and continues to have the best adventures with Janeites everywhere! These are a few photos shared by members of our Flat Jane Austen group here on Facebook. It’s a lovely place, full of lovely Jane Austen fans!

Join the group here:

Flat Jane Austen from JASNA EWANID

If you are interested in hosting Flat Jane Austen, please join the group and visit the files there, or visit our website:

Photos below from Jane Austen Society of N.A. Nevada North Region , Roseann, and Kirk! Thank you!

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