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Jane Austen's Letters
Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
The fourth edition of Jane Austen's Letters incorporates the findings of new scholarship to enrich our understanding of Austen and give us the fullest view yet of her life and family. The biographical and topographical indexes have been updated, a new subject index has been created, and the contents of the notes added to the general index.
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From letter 79 to Cassandra:

“but she really does seem to admire Elisabeth. I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know.

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sprainedbrain
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Idk what Mr. Digweed did, so in absence of any factual information, I will just assume some very Willoughby-level f*ckboy stuff because that‘s more fun. 😉

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SamAnne 😂😂😂 11h
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AnneCecilie
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From letter 77 to Martha Lloyd:

“P. & P. is sold. - Egerton gives 648 for it. - I would rather have had 668, but we could not both be pleased”

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sprainedbrain
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😂

Letter 71 also has this mention of Sense & Sensibility:

‘No indeed, I am never too busy to think of S&S. I can no more forget it, than a mother can forget her sucking child; & I am much obliged to you for your enquiries.‘

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BiblioLitten 😁😁 2d
Ruthiella I remember that bit about the novel being as important to her as a child to its mother from the Lucy Worsley bio. 2d
batsy I meant to keep track but it felt like there was more than one instance that she referred to her books as her children. Plus that line about their nephew 😂 2d
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AnneCecilie
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From letter 74 to Cassandra:

“I will not say that your Mulberry trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.”

🤣🤣🤣

Jane Austen really knows how to put. I also think this is one of the very few quotes from her letters I knew before I started reading them.

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(Picture is found online from the Geranium Blog)

Ruthiella I love that quote. It‘s almost Monty Pythonesque! 😂 3d
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From letter 71 to Cassandra:

“No indeed, I am never too busy to think of S&S. I can no more forget it, than a mother can forget her sucking child; & I am much obliged to you for your enquiries. I have had two sheets to correct, but the last only brings us to W.s first appearance.”

I think this is Jane‘s first mention of her books in a letter to her sister

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I can‘t help it… Jane‘s mention of cravats in letter 65 immediately made me think of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Darcy in their cravats, and more importantly, WITHOUT their cravats, because this is just the way my mind works with regards to cravats. 😍

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A lot happening in yesterday‘s and today‘s letters… Jane‘s sister-in-law Elizabeth Knight died shortly after delivering her 11th child, Edward Bridges married Harriot Foote and Jane seems to have some thoughts on that, and the Austen women are gearing up to move to Chawton.

This mention of a ball made me a little sad but also made me smile. Jane is definitely a spinster by this point but still dancing and having a good time!

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From letter 55 to Cassandra:

“I assure you I am as tired of writing long letters as you can be. What a pity that one should still be so fond of receiving them! - Fanny Austen‘s Match is quite news, & I am sorry she has behaved so I‘ll. There is some comfort to us in her misconduct, that we have not a congratulatory Letter to write.”

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(Painting by Michelle Miller titled “Writing a Letter”)

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That ⬆️ is why I‘ve always been a terrible penpal. 😂

Did Edward Bridges propose to Jane, as the notes in my book suggest, or what was this invitation of his she couldn‘t accept?

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Ann_Reads I had to look up the Edward Bridges connection & came across this well written article on the official Jane Austen blog. Since letters were burned, I guess we will never know what type of invitation JA declined. It sounds like there would have been ample opportunities for a romantic relationship to develop though.
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Ann_Reads I used to love writing long letters and even emails (probably helped by the enthusiasm that sometimes goes along with youthful plans) but not so much anymore. I get where JA is coming from now. 1w
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From letter 50 to Cassandra:

“We are reading Clarentine, & are surprised to find how foolish it is. I remember liking it much less on a 2nd reading than at the 1st & it does not bear a 3rd at all. It is full of unnatural conduct & forced difficulties, without striking merit of any kind.”

So not a recommendation there

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BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣🤣 1w
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 1w
Sparklemn 😁 1w
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IndoorDame What a fabulous bio of her! I love the way it mixes her novels, letters and biographical info to illustrate everything. 1w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I know it‘s such a good pairing with reading Jane Austen‘s letters! 1w
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Reading this has inspired me to rejoin #LitsyLove and send out my first piece of proper correspondence in 3 years! (I‘m afraid none of my recipients can expect anything this pretty, but I adore looking at vintage envelope art!)

LiseWorks Oh how lovely 1w
ImperfectCJ Welcome back to #LitsyLove! I just rejoined, too. I overdid it last time and am hoping to find a more sustainable way to correspond because I like the connections (and the mail!). 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome back!! ❤️❤️ 5d
IndoorDame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you ♥️♥️ 5d
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I wondered why JA always used an ‘&‘ instead of spelling out the word AND. I just read an article that explained it. “Ampersand believe it or not was considered part of the English alphabet. It first appeared in an alphabet listing in 209, and faded out some time in the mid 19th Century. It was at the end of the alphabet, and when the alphabet was recited by children, it would end with x, y, z and per se ‘and‘ which got slurred into ‘ampersand‘.”

thegreensofa That‘s amazing! Thank you for that, so interesting. 1w
suvata @thegreensofa You‘re welcome. I had never heard of that before myself. 1w
mabell How cool! I love that! 1w
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IndoorDame Neat! I had no idea. Thank you 1w
kspenmoll great to know. I had no idea I was in the ampersand club along with jane! 1w
Tamra What a fun tidbit to know! I wish it were still part of the alphabet. 1w
Ruthiella Neat trivia! I still use & when writing with a pen! 1w
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#Pemberlitten reading with snowfall and coffee. I am enjoying these letters very much and I do so wish we had them all! CAN YOU IMAGINE what they said?!?!?!?!?! Also her snark. Is LIFE. unless I am just reading it as snark. Either way, enjoyable.

IndoorDame You‘re definitely not alone in reading it as snark!!! 1w
batsy Definitely lots of snark! Jane can wield that pen as a weapon 😅 1w
TheBookHippie @batsy ✍🏼😂😂😂😂😂😂 1w
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TheBookHippie @IndoorDame ha. Good. Phew. 1w
AnneCecilie I‘m reading it as snark as well. I know, think of all the snark we‘re missing. 1w
TheBookHippie @AnneCecilie it‘s a lot of fun! It‘s hard not to think about what was destroyed and… WHY?! 1w
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Jane is spending time among more fancy people at Goodnestone, this Edward Bridges fellow seems interesting. 😏

suvata You‘ve got to love a man who plays cricket.🏏 Most agreeable, indeed. 1w
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Three letters to brother Frank today, all pertaining to the death of their father.

This makes me sad and also very anxious for Jane, her mother and sister… even though I know already how things were for them after he passed away. 🥺

suvata We learn of her father‘s death after a quick 48-hour illness. At least he died in his sleep. Since all of the letters have been to Cassandra, I almost didn‘t notice it when they were addressed to Frank. 2w
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From letter 36 to Cassandra:

“Another stupid party last night; perhaps if larger they might be less intolerable”

“I cannot anyhow continue to find people agreeable”

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TheBookHippie I cannot either 😂 1w
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Same, Jane. Same.

Just realized that I was apparently too busy reading and retreating to post yesterday, #Pemberlittens!

In todays letters, Cassandra is finally coming to Bath for a while, a young lady of Jane‘s acquaintance died (that made me sad), and then later Cassandra has been to Weymouth, which is an altogether shocking place, even when Miss Jane Fairfax isn‘t nearly drowning there. 😆

batsy Tiny Parties is a great name for a band, though 😆 2w
sprainedbrain @batsy It really is! 😂 2w
kathedron I'm amused that Weymouth "is an altogether shocking place": I was born there! ? 2w
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SamAnne @batsy yes! 2w
sprainedbrain @kathedron maybe it‘s gotten less shocking over the years. 😂 2w
suvata JA prefers huge parties where she can hide in the corner and not be noticed. I can‘t say that I don‘t agree with her. I guess I‘m more of an introvert than I thought I was. Actually, forget the party. I‘ll just stay home and read my book. 😝 2w
sprainedbrain @suvata I‘m with you!! 2w
suvata @batsy I could go to a tiny party and listen to a great band but, no dancing please. #2LeftFeet 2w
ErinSueMreads 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 2w
TheBookHippie @batsy 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶 oh I agree! 1w
TheBookHippie @suvata I‘m with you, just stay home! 1w
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From letter 33 to Cassandra:

“For a three months‘ absence I can be a very loving relation and a very excellent correspondent, but beyond that I degenerate into negligence and indifference,”

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Suet624 Oh jeepers. I‘m afraid I‘m the same way. 2w
Ann_Reads Did you all notice this time around, JA's letter to her sister closed with “Yours, Sincerely.“ I was thinking, she's not happy with Cassandra, at all. 2w
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From letter 31 to Cassandra:

“& that you danced four dances with Mr Kemble. - Desirable however as the latter circumstance was I cannot help wondering at its‘ taking place; - Why did you dance four dances with so stupid a Man?”

There really isn‘t no holding back in these letters

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TheBookHippie I just love them!!! I wish we had them all! Makes you wonder what got destroyed!! 2w
Ann_Reads LOL! Do you think we are slowly being introduced to all the real life inspirations for the characters in P&P? I do. 🙂😁 2w
AnneCecilie @Ann_Reads I wouldn‘t be surprised and hopefully some of the other characters as well. 2w
AnneCecilie @TheBookHippie Me too. They‘re just more of everything I love about Austen. Maybe the ones that was too juicy to keep? 2w
TheBookHippie @AnneCecilie I assume so! 2w
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I‘m away for the weekend on another readers retreat at the wonderful Twinflower Inn, and of course I brought JA with me.❤️

My favorite quote from todays letters: ‘The Neighbourhood have quite recovered the death of Mrs. Rider—so much so, that I think they are rather rejoiced at it now.‘

Steventon was really in quite the neighborhood. 😂

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suvata The retreat sounds wonderful. Have fun! 2w
BarkingMadRead Ohhhh a retreat just for reading?!? I need that in my life! (edited) 2w
sprainedbrain @BarkingMadRead Yes! It‘s the most adorable bed and breakfast, and they have lots of weekend readers retreats through the year. Great food and nothing but time to read and talk about books with other book lovers. 😍 2w
batsy The book looks at home in that lovely space! 😍 2w
Chrissyreadit That just sounds so lovely. 2w
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From letter 27 to Cassandra:

“The young lady whom it is suspected that Sir Thomas is to marry, is Miss Emma Wabshaw; - she lives somewhere between Southampton & Winchester, is handsome, accomplished, amiable, & everything but rich. - […] Perhaps the report of his being to marry a Miss Fanshawe might originate in his attentions to this very lady; the names are not unlike.”

Is this the inspiration for Emma?

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Today‘s letters had Jane visiting at Ibthrop, where there were an abundance of Debaries, then back to Steventon where Rev. Austen is preparing to retire and move the wife and daughters to Bath. More updates on the neighborhood, including the fact that widow Lyford is apparently readying to marry another old guy.

IndoorDame This was my favorite quote from today‘s letters too! 2w
suvata Definitely my favorite quote too. Along with the fact that now we know why JA can be a bit snarky in her letters. “I have now attained the true art of letter-writing, which we are always told, is to express on paper exactly what one would say to the same person by word of mouth.” (edited) 2w
IndoorDame @suvata yes! That definitely stood out. I wouldn‘t have thought that was the ideal, but I guess it makes sense since it really was the only way to be in touch. 2w
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#PEMBERLITTENS catching up today!!!

I‘m only a bit tired now and finally seeming to be back to it all!

These letters are a lot of fun. I am enjoying them!

sprainedbrain Lovely photo! I‘m glad you‘re feeling better. ❤️ 2w
AllDebooks Glad to hear you're feeling better. Love your photo x 2w
AmyG Beautiful photo. Love your plants and I am thrilled to hear you are less tired. 2w
Linsy Lovely pic! 2w
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From letter 22 to Cassandra:

“I can recollect nothing more to say at the present; - perhaps Breakfast may assist my ideas. (p. 3) I was deceived - my breakfast supplied only two ideas, that the rolls were good, & the butter bad;”

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So much drama in letter 25! One neighbor shot himself in the leg and is in bad shape, another got stepped on by his horse, and big storm knocked down lots of trees at Steventon.

Then a letter to Martha, who Jane can‘t wait to see.

Followed by a letter to Cassandra recounting a ball (where Jane got wine drunk) and very cattily describing everyone there. It‘s no wonder Cassandra got rid of letters… JA could be a little vicious!😂

suvata It seems like JA writes whatever she‘s thinking. She definitely doesn‘t hold back. I agree that it might be the reason why so many letters are missing. 2w
suvata From Letter 25: “… he accidentally shot himself through the Thigh. Two young Scotch Surgeons in the Island were polite enough to propose taking off the Thigh at once, but to that he would not consent…” Thank God for Scottish Surgeons. 😂 (edited) 2w
sprainedbrain @suvata I was giggling at that… just take off the thigh! 2w
batsy She definitely doesn't hold back. It's kinda bittersweet to think about that openness she had with Cassandra, which says a lot about how close they were. 2w
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“To sit in idleness over a good fire in a well-proportioned room is a luxurious sensation”

I‘m really enjoying Jane‘s letters so far. They‘re characteristic of her writing. By turns funny, biting, and thoughtful. #Pemberlittens

Ann_Reads Great quote and so true, especially if it involves a captivating book. 3w
IndoorDame @Ann_Reads yes! Nothing like reading in front of a fire 3w
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I got some major Mr. Thorpe vibes with Mr. Evelyn and his horses while JA was giving the last news from Bath.

Back at Steventon, Mr. Bayle is apparently horrid. Cassandra was having some great weather for her travels to Godmersham and this required being acknowledged repeatedly.

JA was invited to a ball (see above for results) three times and therefore must have been more at the ball than anybody else. 😂

MaureenMc In no. 23, what caught my eye was the reference to an acquaintance‘s visit to Lord Carnarvon‘s Park, i.e. Highclere Castle aka “Downton Abbey.” Had no idea it was so close to Steventon. 3w
suvata No. 24: Apparently, JA likes her wine. 🍷 “The wine glasses are much smaller than expected, but I suppose it is the proper size.” 3w
Sparklemn @MaureenMc Great connection! I have to read this someday. 2w
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From letter 18 to Cassandra:

“Our ball was chiefly made up of Jervoises and Terrys, the former of whom were apt to be vulgar, the latter to be noisy.”

I‘m beginning to understand where Austen got her inspiration to characters from

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SamAnne 😂😂😂 3w
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JA and company have arrived in Bath (though her trunk didn‘t), and are meeting people and shopping while Edward works on his health. Cassandra fortunately escaped the scabies, and poor Martha will not be allowed to read First Impressions again for fear of her publishing it from memory. 😂

I spend so much time giggling through these letters I usually just go with my first laugh for the quote I pick. 🤷🏻‍♀️

IndoorDame This quote made me laugh too! 3w
SamAnne So catty…..in a good way! 3w
Ruthiella Totally chuckled at this! 😂 3w
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suvata I‘m pretty sure I would be in deep mourning if I found myself dead. (edited) 3w
eeclayton I knew this quote would get a highlight 😂 3w
sprainedbrain @eeclayton you know I love the snark… 3w
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I find myself struggling to focus on these letters the way they require, with everything else that‘s going on. So, I‘ve decided to put it aside for now and try it again another time when I can concentrate better.
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Megabooks 💜💜💜 I hope your situation improves soon. 3w
SamAnne ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
ravenlee Thanks @Megabooks @SamAnne things are getting better every day. Kiddo had her first physical therapy session today, and we see the surgeon again tomorrow. The meds schedule is the part keeping everyone tired, and trying to settle in after a tumultuous month. It‘ll be a bit before my concentration recovers enough for challenging reads! 3w
SamAnne @ravenlee that‘s a lot! And reading time you are able to get should be for your own respite and relaxing…not feel like another obligation. 3w
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From letter 15 to Cassandra.

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Letters 16-18 included lots of updates on two Austen brothers‘ naval careers, various balls and social gatherings, Jane‘s eye trouble, and even a mention of ‘first impressions,‘ which became Pride & Prejudice. ❤️

I think you all are right that Mrs. Austen and Mrs. Bennet have some definite similarities. 😅

Ann_Reads There was some definite scathing remarks about her mom's health complaints this time around. I wonder if JA was already exhibiting symptoms of Lupus, with the eye issues. Difficult to tell, as the eventual Lupus diagnosis is a modern day theory.
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sprainedbrain @Ann_Reads I wondered that too. 🙁 3w
suvata Her eye problems seem to come and go. That‘s strange. Maybe she‘s trying to downplay the problem so as to not worry anyone. 3w
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I mean, apart from that, she‘s fine! 😏

Lots of health updates and keeping tabs on brothers going on in these letters. Thank goodness Mary finally made it to church since her laying in was the opposite of fashionable. 😅

Aimeesue Apart from that. . . 😂 3w
Ann_Reads In letter #14 (Dec 18-19, 1798) did anyone wonder what “nidgetty“ meant? I couldn't figure it out until I also looked at my Dover Thrift ebook copy. From the annotations:
“Nidgetty,” meaning trifling, a word seemingly coined by JA, occurred in a note to Cassandra about fashion: “I have been enabled to give a considerable improvement of dignity to my Cap, which was before too nidgetty to please me.”
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sprainedbrain @Ann_Reads I did wonder! Thank you. 3w
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MaureenMc This from no. 14: “his wife is discovered to be everything that the Neighbourhood could wish her, silly & cross as well as extravagant.” Immediately thought of Mrs. Elton. 😆 3w
sprainedbrain @MaureenMc I love that! 😂 3w
suvata Mum‘s doing well but her “Bowels are still not entirely settled, & she sometimes complains of an Asthma, a Dropsy, Water in her Chest & a Liver Disorder.” Oh, and did I mention her “gouty swelling & sensation about the ancles.”? Too funny 😂 I can‘t even imagine. I guess people took things in stride back then. (edited) 3w
Ann_Reads @SprainedBrain I thought it was cool she came up with her own word.
As for her mom's ailments. Gosh, that sounds like a lot to deal with. (Also, sounds a bit like Mrs Bennet's complaints. I think we are seeing a pattern here, lol.)
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jenniferw88 I think most of her Mum's complaints are imaginary, like Mrs Bennett's are @Ann_Reads 3w
batsy This suggests Jane probably had some impatience with her mother ... There are definite Mrs Bennett vibes there 😬 3w
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Couldn‘t resist a second quote tonight… it‘s really no wonder that I love Jane Austen. I‘m 100% convinced we would have gotten along splendidly. 😂

Ann_Reads I wasn't expecting such a cheeky comment, though Cassandra probably thought it was hilarious. 3w
AnneCecilie I loved this quote too 3w
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Letter 10 was full of facts and wit. Surely Cassandra laughed when she read these letters? I sure do.

Letter 11 was making me a little sad again (Lefroy) but then I was back to giggling at 12. Cassandra clearly didn‘t write back fast enough. 😅

TheBookHippie I love hats. 3w
CrowCAH I just bought a cute hat on vacation; love it! 3w
suvata Letter 10: … “& his family then told him that they would receive his wife, if she continued to behave well for another Year. - He was very grateful …” Tough family — I know I can‘t behave for an entire year. 3w
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From the 5th letter to Cassandra:

“Mr. Richard Harvey is going to be married; but as it is a great secret, & only known to half the Neighbourhood, you most not mention it.”

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Ann_Reads LOL! By the time Mrs Bennet gets done gossiping, only 99% neighborhood will know about it. 😏😁 3w
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From the 2nd letter to Cassandra:

“I am very much flattered by your commendation of my last Letter, for I write only for Fame, and without any view to pecuniary Emolument.”

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Jane got a little catty in letter 7… poor Miss Pearson and her lack of beauty, and who‘s to say which Mary had a baby now. 😂

That was followed by a very serious and respectful condolence letter to Philadelphia, and then some notes from a road trip with the parents.

I just keep getting put in mind of Lizzie Bennet writing to Jane!

Ann_Reads That was funny and frightening some of Jane's possessions (and the writing box which she cherished!) almost ended up in the West Indies after being transferred to the wrong chaise. It's like the early precursor to airline luggage snafus. 3w
sprainedbrain @Ann_Reads loss of that writing box would have been horrible! 3w
suvata I got a kick out of her complaining about the heat so “be careful not to expect too much Beauty”. 3w
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suvata @Ann_Reads @sprainedbrain The loss of her writing box would have been devastating indeed. ✍️ 3w
sprainedbrain @suvata and that her mom was definitely going to lose it over the lack of beauty if she didn‘t watch herself. 😂 3w
jenniferw88 The condolence letter reminded me of Mr Collins's when Lydia ran off! 3w
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My thoughts on today‘s letters:

-I wish I could read Cassandra‘s letters back, since Jane says she‘s the finest comic writer of the age.😉

-A lot of socializing going on in both places. I wonder if they dine with four and twenty families?

-My version includes notes about all of the paper-saving that Jane was doing…writing upside down at the top of the page, between lines, etc. Cross-hatching!

BarkingMadRead Blows my mind, especially when it said she was writing upside down and between lines 😳 and they totally dine with four and twenty families 🤣 3w
suvata I‘m wondering if paper was very scarce at the time. I can‘t imagine any other reason to write in the margins, upside down, between the lines, etc. Also, I‘m wondering if everyone wrote such long, detailed letters. Maybe Jane was unique in that because she was, after all, a writer. 3w
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sprainedbrain @suvata I think it was definitely maximizing paper usage… I‘ve read a little bit on that when I was still in JASNA. I get it… paper was probably precious, especially to someone who wrote a lot. 3w
suvata @sprainedbrain I get it. Even my mother would save scarce items that in this day and age we would just throw out. It looks like every generation gets more wasteful. 3w
sprainedbrain @suvata you are so right about that! 😳 3w
jenniferw88 I immediately thought of you when I read 'Musgrove' 🤣 I wonder why? 🤔🤣😘 3w
sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 I wonder why?! Persuasion forever! 😂😍 3w
Ann_Reads Here's an interesting article on the history of paper:
https://www.caseyprinting.com/blog/whats-the-history-of-paper

I suspect paper and ink were expensive during the late 1700s and early 1800s.
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LitStephanie When I went to the Jane Austen Center in Bath, it really struck me how much was lost when Cassandra simply threw out almost all her correspondence with Jane upon her death. I guess it was her way of mourning and moving on, but it sounds like the letters were literary works all on their own. 🙁 3w
sprainedbrain @Ann_Reads Thank you for sharing this! Very interesting. 3w
sprainedbrain @LitStephanie it makes me sad that we don‘t have all of those. I read somewhere that Cassandra was likely trying to protect Jane‘s privacy, but damn these letters are entertaining. Also, super jealous that you‘ve been to Bath. 😍 3w
LitStephanie @sprainedbrain I hope you get to go sometime! By coincidence, it was during the Jane Austen Center's festival, so there were random people on the street in Regency costume going to various events. It was really amazing to walk around the neighborhoods and buildings that are featured in several of Austen's books and the movies based on them. I kept thinking of Persuasion. 😁 3w
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#Pemberlittens

I don‘t think Jane Austen could stop being witty if she tried. 😂

Only three letters in, and I‘m already noticing it feels a lot like reading one of her novels to read her letters. That‘s a good thing for me!

There are a LOT of Toms in these letters.😅 The Tom Lefroy references are already making me a little sad though, for no good reason at all.

ravenlee It feels very much like reading Lizzie‘s letters to Jane Bennet, as I imagine it. 4w
batsy @ravenlee Yes, I was thinking the same! 4w
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suvata “…all my money is spent in buying white gloves and pink persian." I feel you, Jane. 4w
Ann_Reads It will be interesting to see how many events in Jane's letters translated into her fiction writing. I felt badly about the Lefroy relationship, as the notes said he probably was discouraged by his family from forming attachment to Jane because of finances. Sadly that aspect seeped into her novels. :-( 4w
sprainedbrain @suvata 😂 love this! 4w
sprainedbrain @Ann_Reads Yes! I feel so sad for her, 200 years later. 😬 4w
julieclair Looking forward to catching up with you all next week. I'm traveling, and left the book at home... too heavy, lol. 4w
sprainedbrain @julieclair it‘s is a gigantic book! 😅 4w
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Starting this today with the #pemberlittens

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Our #Pemberlittens readalong of Jane Austen‘s Letters begins on November 1! The plan is to read about 3 letters per day…

I‘m going to be reading the pictured edition, edited by Deirdre Le Faye, but I know there are lots more versions out there. To (hopefully) make it easier for those using different versions to stay together, I‘ve got a reading schedule and pictures of my table of contents on a Google doc I will link in comments.

All welcome!

sprainedbrain Here‘s the link to the schedule/table of contents on my Google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-7Ge8fUnM9ZhB2eWZNwoDCQqmxBh5oWI4i-7xoVqy_4/... (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain I‘d love for everyone to post their thoughts daily! Since this isn‘t a story like we usually read, I won‘t be posting summaries of the days readings, but will post something for us to discuss. 😃 1mo
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IndoorDame Sounds great! I think you may need to change the settings on this doc so we can access it 1mo
sprainedbrain @IndoorDame it‘s set so that anyone with the link should be able to see it…. Let me see what else I can do. 1mo
IndoorDame @sprainedbrain thanks for sharing it! I can see it now! 1mo
TheBookHippie @sprainedbrain Sounds good! 1mo
AllDebooks Great, good to go 🤗 1mo
BarkingMadRead I‘m so excited! 1mo
Ruthiella Excellent! I forgot to put it on hold on at the library 🙊. So I just now did that and I‘ll catch up as needed. 1mo
SamAnne I‘m in! 1mo
sprainedbrain @SamAnne added you to my list! 1mo
DebinHawaii I have no clue when my Book Depository order will arrive so I may have some catching up to do, but I‘m in. Also, FYI- I just posted about The Heiress readalong. 1mo
suvata I‘m in! 1mo
AnneCecilie I‘m still waiting on my copy from the library, but intends to join as soon as it arrives. 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Yay! Mine copy arrived last night. 1mo
ravenlee I‘m in, for as much as I‘m able. 1mo
sprainedbrain @ravenlee I‘ll add you to my list! 1mo
MoonWitch94 Wahoo 1mo
Librarybelle I bought a copy of this edition for the read along! 1mo
Ann_Reads Thanks so much for taking all that time to post a schedule @sprainedbrain. My copy of the book will be delivered Monday. 🙂 1mo
sprainedbrain @Ann_Reads my pleasure! 😃 1mo
julieclair Looking forward to this! I'll be behind for the first week.. we're traveling and I left that big thick book at home. 😉 4w
janeycanuck Looking forward to this! I‘ve tried to start the letters several times. I‘ll be late joining in since we‘re away for the first bit but I‘ll catch up when we‘re back! 4w
batsy I have the Selected Letters edition, which has about 96 letters if I'm not mistaken. So I'll aim to do 3 a day and will probably be off schedule but will try to post thoughts whenever I can 🙂 4w
Ann_Reads I've started reading. I have my annotated Selected Letters ebook edition (which I actually have found the notes to be easier to follow, as they appear at the end of each letter). My Le Faye edition arrived, so I'm actually reading both copies. 4w
sprainedbrain @Ann_Reads you should get extra credit! 4w
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This is quite a scholarly collection. All of Jane Austen‘s surviving letters are here accompanied by ample notes and indexes. The biographical index was helpful as it was really hard to keep track of all the family members and friends‘ names. Many of the letters were tedious and confusing but there were some gems in there and definitely some amusing and quotable parts. She was closest with her sister Cassandra and her niece Fanny.

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The importance of being Aunt 😊

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Aww 🍎🍏🥧

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🤣👰🏼‍♀️🤵🏻📰🗞

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Woahhhhh, Jane Austen drank Twining tea 🤩☕️🫖 Me too!

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🤣 Sense and Sensibility was doing well in sales I guess. Funny.