Posted by: rearadmiral | March 29, 2015

Spring(?) delights

Chawton House Library added 2 new photos.
Happy Palm Sunday! Marking the beginning of Holy Week, today Christians remember Jesus’ riding into Jerusalem on a donkey as the crowd scattered palm branches in front of him.

As the daughter and sister of clergymen, and a regular churchgoer herself, Jane Austen would certainly have celebrated Easter and refers to the Easter holidays as a time for travel and visiting family in her letters and novels. The Knight family collection, once belonging to brother Edward, now housed in Chawton House Library, contains many books of sermons and other devotional texts.

Below is an extract from an evening prayer written by Jane and preserved by her sister, Cassandra. The prayer touches on the themes of travel and thankfulness, which continue to be very relevant at this time of year:

‘Give us a thankful sense of the Blessings in which we live, of the many comforts of our lot; that we may not deserve to lose them by Discontent or Indifference.

Be gracious to our Necessities, and guard us, and all we love, from Evil this night. May the sick and afflicted, be now, and ever thy care; and heartily do we pray for the safety of all that travel by Land or by Sea, for the comfort & protection of the Orphan and Widow and that thy pity may be shewn upon all Captives and Prisoners.’

A version of this prayer is displayed in St. Nicholas Church in Steventon where Austen’s father George and brother James were rectors.

‪#‎OnThisDay‬ in 1815, Jane Austen completed Emma, the last of her novels to appear in her lifetime.

“Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer” was a great read. This is an excellent example of why I love Jane Austen Fan Fiction. Six excellent Jane Austen short stories set in current times. I loved that an element from the first story connected with the other stories(Team Catherine!). .25 deduction for the Marianne Dashwood bashing(Team Marianne doesn’t approve!!!). Grrrr. 4.75 Regency teacups out of 5.
“Holidays with Jane: Spring Fever”….I enjoyed these six less than the first set. Some minor complaints here and there….one not fully satisfying ending, and more Marianne Dashwood bashing. Grrrrr! 3.5 Regency teacups of 5.
I do hope they have summer and fall “Holidays with Jane”. -Kirk

Or perhaps Emma said something “crazy”??????? -Kirk

Jane makes the list as #12. I think her comment was “tongue in cheek”.

Write Like Austen
Today’s word: Behaved “It is, in fact, a most mortifying retrospect for me. I behaved shamefully.” ‪#‎JaneAusten‬ What did you do last night?
Write Like Austen (@WritelikeAusten)
Today’s Austen word: Chaise “Oh! but their removing from the chaise into a hackney coach is such a presumption!” #JaneAusten…/2015/03/17/books-austen-adaptations

My handwriting is very bad to begin with…can’t image writing with feather and ink below.



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