Category Archives: Austen family

Pictures of perfection

I love this quote!  Austen is writing to her niece, Fanny.  Fanny had forced one of her suitors to read her Aunt Jane’s books without telling him who the author was (she wrote them anonymously, and the books only said, … Continue reading

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I am tolerably glad…

“I am tolerably glad to hear that Edward’s income is so good a one–as glad as I can at anybody’s being rich besides You & me.” letter to Cassandra January 8, 1799 [17] Edward was Jane’s dear brother who was … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theory

“The whole World is in a conspiracy to enrich one part of our family at the expence of another.” letter to Cassandra May 21, 1801 [37] Jane was upset that her father’s extensive library had only been valued at 70 … Continue reading

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Topaz crosses

“[Charles] has received 30 pounds for his share of the privateer & expects 10 pounds more–but of what avail is it to take prizes if he lays out the produce in presents to his Sisters.  He has been buying Gold … Continue reading

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Upon the Sopha

I’m afraid this has become the daily-when-I’m-healthy-enough-to-post quote.  I hope it will be back to daily soon.  Tuesday I used all my available energy to see the D.C. premiere of the new Lyme documentary Under Our Skin.  It’s fabulous.  I … Continue reading

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A Vile World

Lovely lunch with JASNA – DC this weekend — thanks to all who came.  It was an honor to be asked to speak.  Nothing Vile about it! “We have used Anna as ill as we could, by not letting him … Continue reading

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The misery of being bound without Love

“The unpleasantness of appearing fickle is certainly great–but if you think you want Punishment for past Illusions, there it is–and nothing can compare to the misery of being bound without Love, bound to one, & preferring another.  That is a … Continue reading

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Another Man

“It is very true that you never may attach another Man, his equal altogether, but if that other Man has the power of attaching you more, he will be in your eyes the most perfect.” letter to her niece Fanny … Continue reading

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A possible Evil

“I am at present more impressed with the possible Evil that may arise to You from engaging yourself to him–in word or mind–than with anything else.  When I consider how few young Men you have yet seen much of–how capable … Continue reading

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How very far from a now

“I am perfectly convinced that your present feelings, supposing you were to marry now, would be sufficient for his happiness;–but when I think how very, very far it is from a Now, & take everything that may be, into consideration, … Continue reading

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