In honor of the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, here is a recap of some of my favorites:
Reading anything by Austen is rather like dashing under a cold shower, perfumed, but nevertheless chilly. Emma is particularly caustic in its descriptions of the grasping parson, the air-head older sister, the garrulous spinster, and the hapless, helpless father.
The 2012 Jane Austen Society newsletter implored (ordered?) visitors to stop leaving ashes of their loved ones at the museum:
… it is something we cannot allow. It is distressing for visitors to see these mounds of human ash and particularly so for our gardener. Also, it is of no benefit to the garden!
This is an update from a 2013 post: The Bank of England has put Jane Austen on its £10 note. I am thrilled that my second favorite author will reside in wallets and purses all over the British Isles. I was a bit dismayed, though, that she will be replacing Charles Darwin and that part of the motive for the change is tokenism. A woman is being removed from the £5 note to be replaced by Winston Churchill.
To end with my favorite quotes, one appearing in a letter to her nephew Edward about his “sketches”:
How could I possibly join them on to the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush, as produces little effect after much labour?
And from Emma:
It was a delightful visit – perfect, in being much too short.