The Beautifull Cassandra

Yesterday was Labor Day here in the States — a day in which, in honor of work (or, rather, in honor of the common laborer), everyone takes the day off.  😉

More from Jane’s Juvenilia today.  This is her introduction to her sister for the story “The Beautifull Cassandra.”  This is from Volume the First (there are three in all), so Jane was somewhere between 12 and 15 when she wrote this.


You are a Phoenix.  Your taste is refined, your Sentiments are noble, and your Virtues innumerable.  Your Person is lovely, your Figure, elegant, and your Form, magestic.  Your Manners are polished, your Conversation is rational and your appearance singular.  If therefore the following Tale will afford one moment’s amusement to you, every wish will be gratified of
Your most obedient
humble servant
The Author”

I love this — “Madam You are a Phoenix.”  Is that really a compliment?  You certainly see Jane’s spirit here.

Thanks to for the silhouette of Cassandra Austen.


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3 Responses to The Beautifull Cassandra

  1. Erin

    My college is denying Labor Day exists apparently.. we had class. -_-

  2. Luciana

    Hi Lori! I love the quotes of Jane’s Juvenilla. So, not knowing if Becoming Jane will ever come to Brazil my friend downloaded it and we watched the movie. Well, I think that is kind of a good story, but the writers should have made it with ficcional caracters. That’s not Jane’s life! She would never do such a thing! Elopping! Come on! They tried so hard to make Mrs. Austen like Mrs. Bennet! I hope that the new movie that is being made about her will be better.

  3. I agree! Glad you got to see it!