“[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 chains & Topaze Crosses for us;–he must be well scolded.”
letter to Cassandra
May 27, 1801 
Jane’s younger brother Charles was in the navy (along with their brother Frank). You can see the topaz crosses Charles bought his sisters at Jane Austen’s House Museum.
Hello, dear readers! Forgive my absence Friday — I was in an editing stupor. Just a couple more days, and then all should be nearly done… and I love it, but I can’t wait until this book is ready for publication!
Today’s quote is in honor of tonight’s season finale for The Bachelor (which, of course, is completely ridiculous, but sometimes I have to watch it to see just how ridiculous it’s going to be. I think Jane would understand).
“Yes, here I am, Sophia, quite ready to make a foolish match. Anybody between fifteen and thirty may have me for asking. A little beauty, and a few smiles, and a few compliments to the navy, and I am a lost man.”
Captain Wentworth to his sister Mrs. Croft
Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 7
Now, Frederick Wentworth… I could compliment that navy.