A discussion began during Blogging 101 last month between Sarah Hemsley and myself about, naturally, Jane Austen. In one of her comments, Sarah asked me Do you have a favourite Austen novel? That was actually a difficult question to answer.
My go-to read when I need a ‘dose of Jane’ (to quote D. E. Stevenson in one of her Mrs. Tim books) is Pride and Prejudice. However, I sometimes head over to visit with Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, and there are occasions when only the much under-valued Fanny Price will do. You see, all these characters become friends over the course of time. The ever-so-sensible Mr. Knightley would be a wonderful person to seek out if one were in need of advice. Do you need a good laugh? Then try a quarter of an hour in Mr. Collins’ company (I cannot recommend anymore, lest you begin to worry about your sanity.) Do you need a gentle and loyal friend? Then most definitely it’s Anne Elliot for you!
In any case, I am going to also start rereading Emma in anticipation of Sarah’s online celebration of the 200th anniversary of it’s publication. I encourage you to join the discussion when it begins in December.