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Old 03-21-2022, 08:28 PM
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Jane Austen #5: Jane should get a dog.


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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.

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Old 03-21-2022, 08:30 PM
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She'd rather have an evening with a dog, than with Mr. Wickham, Mr. Collins, Mr. Elton,
or Mr. Willoughby.

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Out of those men, who do you think the lesser of the evils is?
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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.
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Old 03-22-2022, 06:07 AM
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Good thread title!
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Old 03-22-2022, 03:30 PM
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He kidnapped a child.
Did he technically kidnap her if she went willingly?
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Old 03-22-2022, 08:56 PM
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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.
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Old 03-23-2022, 11:29 AM
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In those days Mrs. Bennett was overjoyed when a 15 year old got married.
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Old 03-24-2022, 10:14 AM
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She's a crazy lady
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Old 03-24-2022, 03:48 PM
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Marriage was the big thing to accomplish at the time.
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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.
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That is such crazy talk!
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Old 03-25-2022, 12:03 PM
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So sad how women over 15 are disposable.
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Old 03-25-2022, 02:56 PM
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Now 24 would be a good age to start, having had time to finish college, maybe travel, and start a job.
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Old 03-26-2022, 04:46 PM
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yea, 24 is a good age. Although lots of people now would think 24 is even too young.
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I'm glad some things have changed from Austen's time!
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