Jane and Friends

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.

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5 thoughts on “Jane and Friends

  1. Oh it has been 200 years since Emma’s first anniversary?

    I always wonder what makes Jane so wonderful. Thanks for sharing this discussion, Jackie. Always a pleasure.

    Love and light ❤

    Anand

    • I think it has to do with 2 things: the characters she created, which are so real that every one can identify with them, as well as her oh so subtle (sometimes) ridicule of silliness and excess. Have you read any of her books, and what do you think?

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