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BehrItAll 03-21-2022 08:28 PM

Jane Austen #5: Jane should get a dog.

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775 to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the 7th child among 8 children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought home due to a local outbreak of disease. Two years later she attended the Abbey Boarding School in Reading, reportedly wanting to follow her sister Cassandra, until 1786.

Jane was mostly educated at home, where she learned how to play the piano, draw and write creatively. She read frequently and later came to enjoy social events such as parties, dances and balls. She disliked the busy life of towns but preferred the country life where she took to long country walks.

In 1801 Jane, her parents, and sister moved to Bath, a year after her father's retirement, and the family frequented the coast. While on one of those coastal holidays she met a young man where apparently a romantic involvement occurred that ultimately ended in tragedy as the young man died. It is believed by many astute Austen fans that her novel, "Persuasion", was inspired by this incident.

Following her father's passing in January of 1805, which left his widow and daughters with financial problems, they moved several times until finally moving into a small house, in Chawton, Hampshire, owned by her brother Edward, which is reminiscent of "Sense and Sensibility". It was in this house that she wrote most of her works.

March of 1817 saw her health begin to decline and she was forced to abandon her current work of Sanditon, never completed. Jane had Addisons disease. In April she wrote out her will and then on May 24th moved with Cassandra to Winchester, to be near her physician. It was in Winchester where she died, in the arms of her sister, on Friday, the 18th of July 1817, at the age of only 41. She was buried the 24th of July at Winchester Cathedral. Jane never married.

Sense & Sensibility
Pride and prejudice
Northanger Abbey
Mansfield Park

Pride and Prejudice told in 10 minutes by Comedian John Mulaney.
Warning: adult language.

BehrItAll 03-21-2022 08:30 PM

Last thread:


Originally Posted by IndyFan (Post 106086719)
She'd rather have an evening with a dog, than with Mr. Wickham, Mr. Collins, Mr. Elton,
or Mr. Willoughby.


Originally Posted by LilMouse (Post 106087020)
Out of those men, who do you think the lesser of the evils is?


Originally Posted by BehrItAll (Post 106087380)
Mr. Wickham is evil. He kidnapped a child.
Mr. Willoughby got a young girl pregnant and abandoned her. Evil.
Mr. Elton is a gold digger.
Mr. Collins is just annoying social climber.

So. Mr. Collins is the least evil.

IndyFan 03-22-2022 06:07 AM

Good thread title! :lol:

LilMouse 03-22-2022 03:30 PM


He kidnapped a child.
Did he technically kidnap her if she went willingly?

BehrItAll 03-22-2022 08:56 PM

She's was a child. She isn't old enough to make such decisions.

Lots of kids went willingly into cars when the kidnapper promised candy and puppies.

LilMouse 03-23-2022 11:29 AM

In those days Mrs. Bennett was overjoyed when a 15 year old got married.

IndyFan 03-23-2022 05:00 PM


LilMouse 03-24-2022 10:14 AM

She's a crazy lady

IndyFan 03-24-2022 03:48 PM

Marriage was the big thing to accomplish at the time.

LilMouse 03-24-2022 06:45 PM

The Victoria book I am listening to is saying how the woman tapped to marry Prince Albert Victor (who ends up dying, so she marries Prince George instead) is 24 and an old maid. So sad that 24 is an old maid.

BehrItAll 03-24-2022 09:00 PM

That is such crazy talk!

LilMouse 03-25-2022 12:03 PM

So sad how women over 15 are disposable.

IndyFan 03-25-2022 02:56 PM

Now 24 would be a good age to start, having had time to finish college, maybe travel, and start a job.

LilMouse 03-26-2022 04:46 PM

yea, 24 is a good age. Although lots of people now would think 24 is even too young.

IndyFan 03-26-2022 05:07 PM

I'm glad some things have changed from Austen's time!

BehrItAll 03-26-2022 06:06 PM

I think 24 is good.

LilMouse 03-27-2022 11:53 AM

I am also glad things have changed since Austen's time. It's less frowned upon to be a spinster.

BehrItAll 03-28-2022 07:42 PM

Yea, wasn't it the rule back then a woman in a book either had to get married or die at the end?

IndyFan 03-29-2022 06:29 AM

Marrying young was preferred. Poor Jane died young.

LilMouse 03-29-2022 11:21 AM


Originally Posted by BehrItAll (Post 106132648)
Yea, wasn't it the rule back then a woman in a book either had to get married or die at the end?

I don't know if it was a rule but I wouldn't be surprised if it was.

BehrItAll 03-30-2022 07:36 PM

The publisher said it to Jo in the Little Women movie from 2019.

IndyFan 03-31-2022 07:43 AM

How rude to Jo. ( I almost typed Little Joe- different story! :lmao: )

LilMouse 03-31-2022 09:15 AM

Oh right! That was said to her.
Makes you want to have a book with only females so there is no men to marry. But that wouldn't get published or the publisher would say every character has to die.

BehrItAll 04-01-2022 07:37 PM

Would have to self publish. Start your own magazine.

The Pickwick Papers!

IndyFan 04-02-2022 05:37 AM

I think she could have published. :nod:

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