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The Watsons
The Watsons | Jane Austen
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An extremely enjoyable and original work that introduces us To The delightful Emma Watson and her various suitors. Though unfinished, this edition includes an explanation by her nephew, James Austen-Leigh that reveals how she intended to end this novel. A pure reading pleasure!
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peanutnine
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I only ended up reading Jane Austen's unfinished novel and didn't have time for any completed versions, but I enjoyed this fragment of a story. The characters were intriguing and I would have loved to see where Jane planned on taking the story. I already had some favorite suitors and some annoying foils picked out.
#pemberlittens

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DebinHawaii
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Too short to really review, I think I would have enjoyed the book if Jane Austen had finished it. 😢I was going to try to read one of the copies completed by other writers with the #PemberLittens but time was short in July & I ended up just reading Jane‘s unfinished snippet which for my Kindle copy was about 71 pages.

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sprainedbrain
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Once again, it‘s bittersweet to read one of Austen‘s unfinished works… I loved the fragment that we have, and I‘m sad that we don‘t have a complete novel. Jane‘s whit was on display here, I really think I would end up adoring Emma Watson, and I had my hero picked out too. 😏

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#PemberLittens

MicrobeMom Agreed! Elizabeth Watson would have been a favorite also! 2mo
sprainedbrain @MicrobeMom yes, I was enjoying Elizabeth! 2mo
TheBookHippie I so agree. 2mo
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staci.reads
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Like with Sanditon, I'm a little heartbroken that we'll never get to know how Jane would have told Emma Watson's story. She confided in her sister Cassandra that Emma was bound to marry Mr. Howard in spite of Lady Osborn's love for him. While I would have loved to have watched that drama transpire, I would as much love to know what she had in store for Tom Musgrave, Elizabeth, Margaret and Penelope. What exists are classic Austen characters, ⬇️

staci.reads and I have no doubt, Jane would have delighted us with their stories. ❤️ #pemberlittens 2mo
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eeclayton
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I enjoyed the fragment by Austen; especially the ball scene where Emma danced with Charles was adorable.
I wish I had stopped where Austen did, though, because the part by L. Oulton was very disappointing. It was dull and bland, it read more like a summary of a story than a finished novel.

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Ann_Reads
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I read the original unfinished posthumous fragment that was published in 1871 as part of A Memoir of Jane Austen by Edward Austen-Leigh. It was difficult to form an opinion, as I felt l was being thrown into the middle of a story. (I don't know if Austen intended to write additional chapters for the beginning of this novel, or not.) One comment I can make is The Watsons did not capture my attention as well as Sanditon did. #Pemberlittens #classics

Ann_Reads Adding, I was still really glad to to have read The Watsons as I'm making my way through all of Austen's novels, eventually. There likely will be a Masterpiece adaptation of the book in the works at some point, if there isn't already. 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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I didn‘t know what to expect from Austen‘s unfinished book, but now that I‘m done I only wish that it was longer/finished. I‘m glad my edition includes a half page on how Austen would have ended it.

I loved the ball scenes and Emma saving the young boy. I also loved how she wasn‘t charmed by the same man as her other sisters.

#PemberLittens #thewatsonreadalong
@MicrobeMom @sprainedbrain

MicrobeMom Agreed! Emma so far seems a woman with a lot of integrity! Glad you enjoyed! 3mo
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Librarybelle
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I chose to read just the portion of the story Austen wrote, so quickly finished for #PemberLittens !

There is much humor and witty observations in this tiny bit of story, so you can kind of see the direction Austen was going with this. The Watsons themselves are caricatures of a variety of personalities, and I would probably go crazy if I had to hang out with a couple of the sisters for awhile! 😂

#Zeke #Xander #CatsOfLitsy

MicrobeMom Yay! So happy you enjoyed. I do think it would have been great if she had finished it. 3mo
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batsy
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Such a weird story, one which made me think I finally found an Austen I didn't like. It felt crowded, noisy, with not a moment to rest or breathe, until I get to the second last page & Emma Watson says the same—"She was at leisure, she could read & think"—& at this precise moment, the story became interesting, but unfortunately, this was also the moment the story ends. I sense that this would have been a spiky & snappy Austen had it been finished.

batsy Apologies for not sticking to the schedule @MicrobeMom and fellow #pemberlittens but my edition didn't break this down into chapters, so I just read on! 😆 3mo
MicrobeMom No worries! If I did not have a completed version I probably would have finished it in a day or two. I do think it could have been great, if she had finished it. Thanks for reading along!♥️ 3mo
batsy @MicrobeMom It's such a shame to think about what she didn't finish, isn't it 😢 3mo
ravenlee I had the same issue - I didn‘t start on time, and when I picked it up yesterday it‘s all just one long segment, so I finished it today. I saw glimpses of characters we know elsewhere (the brother and his awful wife are John and Fanny Dashwood, right? And Elizabeth reminds me of Miss Bates.) and wish we could have Austen‘s finished version. 3mo
batsy @ravenlee Oh yes, I definitely got the John and Fanny vibes! 💀😆 3mo
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Sparklemn
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I really enjoyed the interactions between the sisters and sister-in-law and would have loved seeing what Jane had in mind for these characters. I‘ll have to be content with following along with the #pemberlittens who are reading the completed version. 🙂

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I'm just doing the original not The Completing The Watsons. You can see what it could have been. Remind me Northanger Abbey with it's tongue in cheek style.
@MicrobeMom #pemberlittens

MicrobeMom No worries! Enjoy your read! 3mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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The Google Books edition of The Watsons has this introduction by James Austen-Leigh. I‘m amused by his assertion that Jane didn‘t finish this because her heroine was too poor. Especially as, reading the first chapter so soon after Jane Austen At Home, it strikes me that the Watson sisters‘ situation is rather similar to the one Jane herself grew up in.

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MoonWitch94
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs I always enjoy these, Sherri!
#WondrousWednesday

🪸Impulse read or Litsy inspired (like #PemberLittens)

🐠The writing, the plot, the character development. If it all works out—it‘s a #chefskiss

🐢My Mom & my Garden 🪴

✨It is late in the day, but anyone who hasn‘t played, please do! ✨

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🌞🌸 3mo
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sprainedbrain
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It‘s almost July, and time for our July/August #PemberLittens buddy reads!

Our Austen read is the unfinished novel The Watsons. My copy only has 5 chapters, though there are editions out there that were finished by others.

@MicrobeMom has graciously offered to lead, so please follow her for the schedule. I will probably post daily for this one as well—I‘ve not read it!

Tagging those who expressed interest, but all are welcome!

KristiAhlers I‘ll track down a copy! 3mo
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BarkingMadRun I‘m in, I got my copy and I‘m ready to go! 3mo
TheBookHippie I‘m ready I think mine is 50 ish pages? 3mo
Ruthiella Excellent! 👍 3mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! 3mo
MeganAnn I‘m joining in for this one 🎉 3mo
ravenlee I‘m in! My copy also contains Lady Susan and Sanditon - though I used it for the former but not the latter. 3mo
LeahBergen Ready to read! 👍 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! It's in the edition I bought that also has Lady Susan... which I loaned to my sister, so I'm not sure how long my version of The Watsons is 😂 But I should get it back this week!! 3mo
Sparklemn This will be my first Jane Austen outside of the more mainstream titles. Looking forward to the discussion! 3mo
Ann_Reads Thanks for the reminder, sprainedbrain. I'll be joining in, reading Austen's original fragmented version. There are several versions of The Watsons that have been published. If it is over 60 pages long or there is a co-author listed such as L. Oulton or John Coates, then it probably is one of the “completed“ variations. (I only know this because I was trying to figure out why there were so many versions of the novel available, lol.) 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @MicrobeMom @sprainedbrain add me to this list. Please and Thank you. 3mo
MicrobeMom Thank you! I have chosen a completed edition. I have the incomplete but thought it would be fun to continue with a completed edition. I will be send a post soon! 3mo
MoonWitch94 Another one I haven‘t read. Can‘t wait! 3mo
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LeahBergen
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CrowCAH Almost seems like another Emma Jane wrote about… 6mo
mabell Awkward… 😆😆 6mo
LeahBergen @CrowCAH Right?? 6mo
LeahBergen @mabell 😆😆 6mo
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miracleseeker
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this wee ladybug is a fan of the Watsons too! I started it while out on the lawn this afternoon and I‘m really enjoying it - a shame Austen never finished it ☀️

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Ash.on.the.line
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Happy holidays littens! If you celebrate or not, I hope you‘re doing all right. If not here is a rare appearance from Saber getting cozy on my legs, he wants to spread love and kindness always! 💜 getting some reading in before tomorrow, and I hope you all do as well!
Treat people with kindness, you never know what others are going through!

BookNAround Saber is sooooo cute! 3y
Leftcoastzen Awwwww!😻 3y
Ash.on.the.line @BookNAround @Leftcoastzen 😸 saber thanks you both! He‘s being extra cute because he has knocked over Christmas ornaments all day! 😂 3y
Sace Awww... Saber is tired from all the Christmas ornament destruction! 3y
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sammisho
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Just a little snippet of a story. I would love to know what happened to Emma Watson and her sisters. Did Emma find true love with Mr. Howard? I like to think she did.
#janeaustenreadalong

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Here what mine said at the end according to Austen Leigh‘s memoir on Jane Austen

#JaneAustenReadAlong

LoverofLit This is perfect! Thank you so SO much 💕 I'm glad they ended up together. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @LoverofLit Yes, it‘s such a short snippet of an unfinished work, but you are definitely left wanting more, so I was glad to hear a bit where it was headed, and it made me thing I need to read that memoir soonish. 4y
sammisho 💞💞💞 4y
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LoverofLit
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This book, though unfinished, was SO good. I loved Emma and rooted for Mr. H, though without the ending I have no idea if they ended up together. Such smarty, witty, forward thinking writing. I am sad to have finished this year's #janeaustenreadalong and just want to start right over again! @sammisho

Riveted_Reader_Melissa According to mine, there was notes from the family member who found and published it...her discussion with her family was that they would eventually end up together...after some turmoil of course... I hope that helps 4y
LoverofLit @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That does reall help actually! Thank you 😘 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @LoverofLit I‘ll post it for you under a spoiler tag. 4y
sammisho I am so glad you joined me this year!!😘😘😘 4y
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LoverofLit
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What a good line to start this book. I guess @sammisho picked the right month for this #janeaustenreadalong 💕

sammisho Did it on purpose 😜 4y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I can definitely see the potential in this fragment of a story, it‘s a shame she never got to flesh out this tale of a different Elizabeth, Emma, and some Musgrave‘s... #JaneAustenReadAlong

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Pamwurtzler
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She leaves you hanging there at the end, doesn‘t she? #janeaustenreadalong

sammisho I really wish she had the time to finish to this. 😢 4y
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Pamwurtzler
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#31bookpics - I‘m reading The Watson‘s for #janeaustenreadalong & The Glass Ocean for - I can‘t remember the hashtag but we know who we are!! 😂

CouronneDhiver 😂😂 We do! 4y
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sammisho
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Oh my goodness, I almost forgot! Tomorrow starts the last installmemt of the #janeaustenreadalong. Join me in reading Austen's final, and unfinished novels; The Watsons and Sandition. I might have to turn in my Austenite card, because I have actually never read either of these! I am excited for this first.

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MaryJJ
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Il finale del romanzo l'ho praticamente scoperto in una nota posta a piè di pagina. E devo dire che se concluso sarebbe divenuto l'ennesimo capolavoro d della Austen lasciato purtroppo a metà.

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Books4Ever
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A little nervous to start this novel that my beloved Jane was unable to finish but mostly excited 😊

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