A season for friendly meetings

Today we have Mr. Elton giving the opposite perspective on holiday parties:

“This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. At Christmas
every body invites their friends about them, and people think little of
even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once for a
week. Nothing could be pleasanter. I went for only one night, and could
not get away till that very day se’nnight.”

Emma, volume 1, chapter 13

This image of Steventon rectory is from Jane Odiwe’s Austen Effusions — isn’t it lovely?  I am all for snow, and for getting snowed in with friends.


Filed under Emma, Friendship, Mr. Elton, Parties

7 Responses to A season for friendly meetings

  1. I have some cards with that image. Simply adorable. And the paper is of excellent quality!

  2. There’s no snow even in Calgary, Alberta. But wishing you a Merry Christmas just the same…and looking forward to more wonderful Jane Austen quotes in the New Year!

  3. As much as I dislike the cold, it is a bit depressing to live in a place where a “White Christmas” is not even mentioned as a possibility! Silly NC with its 50-60 degree weather.

  4. Hi Lori,
    My Mom surprised me with your book for Christmas ~ I so look forward reading.
    Happy New Year!

  5. MaryAnn

    Hello Lori!
    Just devoured your book, which my Mr. Darcy gave me for Christmas, and with I which I started yesterday. A wonderful trip, and I related in many ways as the summer before last I was doing the same as you, with a group from the Republic of Pemberley. Visited many of the same sites, stayed longer to see Bath, Lyme, Sidmouth, Exeter, and make some good friends in Devon; returned home from Heathrow to NY on THE day the 20 or so terrorists were arrested (talk about Heathrow being crazy!), and was diagnosed a month after returning with Addison’s Disease.
    We might be kindred spirits.
    Anyways, thank you for your lovely book! I kept a journal of my trip as well but the exhaustion I was experiencing from my Addison’s kept mine from being as interesting as your or Austen’s might have been. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a book from an author who hasn’t exchanged bodies from the earthly one for heaven’s quite yet, and with whom I can email a quick hello!
    Many blessings to you. I pray you are on the mend, and for our Lord’s peace and love to dwell richly in you.
    I shall keep up with your blog, it looks most intriguing!

  6. Thanks MaryAnn — that’s so sweet. I’m so sorry to hear about your Addison’s disease, and very glad they were able to diagnose it. The progress with Lyme’s is slow, but I hope and pray we are making progress. So nice to ‘meet’ a kindred spirit!