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Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon
Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon | Jane Austen
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A collection of three novels from Jane Austen: Lady Susan, a tale of 18th century melodrama; The Watsons, whose story centres on the marital prospects of the Watson sisters; and Sanditon, Jane Austen's last fiction, set in a seaside town and concerned with the new consumer society.
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MicrobeMom
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#pemberlittens #thewataonsreadalong today I picked up at the ball and ended with the Osbornes leaving. So many interesting things. The ball begins and the Edwards‘ are not fans of Mr. Musgrave but Miss E is enjoying dancing with the soldiers. So is Emma. Then everything halts as the Osborne‘s arrive. Lord Osborne and his entourage including his clergyman Mr. Howard. Miss Osborne has promised to dance her 1st 2 dances with Mr. Howard‘s👇👇

MicrobeMom Nephew Charles Blake, but she stands him up for some Captain or other. Emma stands in and make this sweets boy‘s day. Now everyone‘s attention is drawn to Emma. She dance with Mr. Howard, who she really esteems. Mr. Musgrave and Lord Osborne as sad to lose a turn to dance with Emma and the Osborne‘s abruptly leave. 3mo
julieclair I‘m liking Emma more and more. And I‘m not a fan of Miss Osborne. (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella Emma‘s dancing with Charles was adorable. 😃 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Emma is so sweet with Charles! 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong Today I picked up when Elizabeth discussed who Miss Edwards‘ will dance with and read until tea arrives at the Edwards‘. We find out that brother Sam is in love with Miss Edwards but she will be dancing with Captain Hunter. Both of which are unsuitable matches because they are below her station. When we meet the Edwards‘, we find the ladies very proper and boring. Mr. Edwards is very talkative. There is👇

MicrobeMom Is a long discussion about who Emma looks like. Miss Edwards think she looks like Sam (maybe she likes him back) while Mr. and Mrs. find it an insult to say she look anything like him. Their complexions are vastly different. Then there is discussion of Emma aunt, and her poor second marriage to an Irish captain. Followed by warning of ever marrying soldiers (1st or 2nd). Maybe a warning for Miss and Capt. Hunter. 3mo
julieclair I wonder if we will get to hear more about the aunt and the Irish Captain? 3mo
MicrobeMom @julieclair, I agree! Why did she marry him? Especially if you knew she would have to give up Emma!! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I wonder if she didn‘t know he would make her give up Emma? It sounds like that didn‘t happen until after the wedding. Perhaps he‘s just a gold digger like Willoughby! 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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"He recommended exercise in defiance of dirt – spoke again in praise of half-boots."

Since I'm dream shopping not actually purchasing. I'd want the half-boots in green.
https://www.americanduchess.com/
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#pemberlittens
@MicrobeMom
#thewatsons

KathyWheeler I love those boots! I‘d want the green too. 3mo
MicrobeMom I love the green! I think I would like a pair in red!!! 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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In case you need to purchase some half - boots. And the style is called Emma.
https://www.americanduchess.com/

‘You should wear half-boots.‘ – After another pause, ‘Nothing sets off a neat ankle more than a half-boot; nankin galoshed with black looks very well. – Do not you like half-boots?‘

#Pemberlittens
@MicrobeMom
#TheWatsons

MicrobeMom Love it!! ♥️♥️ 3mo
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#pemberlittlens, #thewatsonsreadalong I will be doing two posts for each version. This is the unfinished Austen edition. I read until we learn that Emma is 19. Emma and her eldest sister Elizabeth are traveling to the Edwards‘s so that Emma can attend the ball. Elizabeth warns Emma is the dashingly charming rake, Tom Musgrave, who has flirted with all the Watson ladies but is not serious about any of them.

There are 4 Watson sisters,

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We will begin our #pemberlitten buddy read of The Watson‘s on Friday July 1. The completed version I will be reading has the same first chapters of Austen‘s unfinished work. So read along no mater the version. I will be doing a chapter a day (the completed version has 28 chapters) and I will post an update of each chapter daily. I will tag all those that said they wanted to be tagged (also tagged in this post) yay! Let the fun begin!

BarkingMadRun 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Librarybelle Yay! Looking forward to it! 3mo
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Ruthiella Yahoo! 😀 3mo
LeahBergen Thanks! 3mo
ravenlee Hooray! Although I‘m torn between “wait, July first is still WEEKS away!” and “wait, aren‘t we halfway through July already?” So honestly I just have no idea what day it is. 3mo
TheBookHippie Yay! 3mo
Christyco125 Woohoo 🥳 3mo
myellenbee Looking forward to it. 3mo
Sparklemn 👍 3mo
julieclair Yay! My intent is to read the unfinished version, but I reserve the right to change my mind once I actually get to the unfinished "ending". ? 3mo
MoonWitch94 Yay! Can‘t wait for this! 3mo
nanuska_153 I'll just read the original, but please tag me for the whole thing! @ravenlee I know exactly how you feel! 3mo
DebinHawaii I am still debating on whether just the original or this one but please tag me for all. 🤗 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm ready to go! Add me to Tags if you haven't already. Please. Don't want to miss! 3mo
MicrobeMom @Crinoline_Laphroaig me too! You will be tagged! Thanks for following along. Super excited. 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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While I was planning on rereading Sanditon in December a part of my #ayearofjaneausten. I couldn't resist joining in with #PemberLittens @sprainedbrain Readalong. Mostly I listened to the 12 Chapters on Audible. Really liked the narration of this edition by Emila Fox. This pick is for audiobook. Tomorrow I'll post something about story.

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suvata
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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This volume contains one finished novel, Lady Susan, which was not published in her lifetime, and two unfinished fragments, The Watsons and Sanditon. They cover the three periods of Austen‘s writing life.

Also, this completes my reading of Austen‘s work. I can now say that I‘ve read everything she‘s written (some several times)! Still, I know I will visit Jane time and time again.

Suet624 Impressive accomplishment. 13mo
suvata @Suet624 Thanks 13mo
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sdbruening
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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Love Lady Susan. So unique to read a book in the form of letters. Adds suspense in her case. The Watsons fragment is very much in line with the plot arcs of Austen‘s completed novels, and I liked that Cassandra included the end of the intended story in her memoirs. No such luck for Sanditon. Sanditon has a unique seaside setting with health-nervous characters, but it was starting to get a little over the top.

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sdbruening
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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This was my second time reading Lady Susan, Austen‘s epistolary novel (told in letters), and I think I enjoyed it this time even more. It feels like such a stark contrast in tone with her other novels. It centers around such a devious woman. And being told in the format of letters makes it feel even more sinister and uncertain.

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Enjoyed this little collection. Lady Susan was amusing, The Watsons made me think of Mansfield Park and I really wish we got the full Sanditon.

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HannaPolkadots
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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My nr 4 #bookspinbonanza 😅 Lady Susan is funny and shows Austen's intelligence and sarcasm, I wished the Watsons had been longer - it was very Austeny and enjoyable. Sanditon I liked the least, probably because it ended just as I felt we were getting started.
@TheAromaofBooks 😃

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Picked this one up because I wanted to read Sanditon before I started watching the PBS series. I enjoyed the chapters that were written and wished for more. I‘m not sure Austen would have continued the plot as it is in the series. A little risqué, but ?‍♀️. The Watsons has some characters that I found unlikable, but I liked the story. Lady Susan is a despicable person. I saw the movie a few years back which translated well to film. I‘m not sure

Palimpsest In this case that the epistolary format was the best, but I read the intro as to Austen‘s influences and maybe why she chose it. I adore all of her novels and am happy to have read all these stories. I only wish she had written more. ❤️ 3y
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I'm a Bad Janeite. I've never read Jane Austen's last unfinished novel Sanditon. Now that it's coming to PBS I was looking for it in Print. Found it Half Price Books in Austin. 🏖
#lastword #austeninaustin
#sanditon #badjaneite #austeninaugust2019

CogsOfEncouragement I adore Austen and have not read this either. 3y
PickwickPlockPlock Another bad Janeite here 🙋 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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@neet_reads you totally pampered me! This is a package of awesomeness, imo! The books are ALL on my wishlist, loving the tote and the sleeve, pretty bookmarks and I‘m going to have a lovely quiet time sipping tea in my new, spot-on mug. Oh, the bar of chocolate is recuperating in the fridge 😋. Thank you so much, I appreciate and love everything. 🤗😙❤️
#janeaustenswap Thank you @mabell and @sprainedbrain for hosting and a great job you both did!

LeahBergen Lovely gifts! 😍😍 4y
sprainedbrain Wow, so much lovely stuff! This swap is adding a whole lot of books to my want list. 😃❤️ 4y
mabell Oooo a sleeve! 😍 Love the book selections!! ❤️❤️ 4y
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neet_reads I hope the chocolate is still edible. Sorry, I know you said chocolate wasn‘t a good idea, but I worried at the end that I didn‘t have much in the box & threw it in there just before posting! 4y
Kalalalatja How lovely! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm @neet_reads the chocolate is fine, it tastes divine! Thank you again for everything! I feel so lucky! 4y
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ThisIsLilli
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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I adore Jane Austen 😍 but this was a strange read. Lady Susan is complete, but is written in an epistolary style - very unlike Austen, although the normal characteristics are there. The other two parts here are unfinished novels, which is the main reason why I wouldn't rate this higher. They're both SO Austen, and I want to know what happens!! They both evoke the worlds of her completed novels, I only wish they'd been finished 😔 Worth a read!

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Brooke_H
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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I have officially read every word of Jane Austen's fiction now! Out of the three novellas here, Lady Susan is superior. The other two are pretty meh.

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Brooke_H
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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Early morning reads

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CrowCAH
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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#orange covers #prideandprejudice taken from the collection!! #photoadaynov16

Eyelit Nice! 👍 6y
Linsy Love this! 💕 6y
OriginalCyn620 Love it! 😍😍😍 6y
CrowCAH Thank you, Ladies! @Eyelit @Linsy @CynthiaFBuck I was a bit worried none of my books were orange for this category, but I was able to find five! Lol 6y
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"Silly woman, to expect constancy from so charming a man!"

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catiewithac
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I revisited an old favorite after watching the film Love & Friendship, which is an excellent adaptation of Austen's Lady Susan. Love & Friendship is the best adaptation I've seen, second only to A&E's P&P with Colin Firth. Austen's witty dialogue sparkles in Lady Susan!

Abailliekaras Kate Beckinsale was just beautiful in the film! 6y
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Heidsalot
Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon | Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble
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I love Lady Susan!!! She's so scheming and wonderfully unaware of what a horrible person/mother she is. Definitely a change from Austen's other heroines, who can be scheming at times (I'm looking at you, Emma), but actually do have good intentions.

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