Category Archives: the Navy

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 chains & Topaze Crosses for us;–he must be well scolded.”

letter to Cassandra
May 27, 1801 [38]

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.

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A few compliments of the navy

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.

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