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To sit in idleness over a good fire in a well-proportioned room is a luxurious sensation

Oh! How I can relate to today’s title quotation, taken from Jane Austen’s letter (a continuation from the previous day) of 7 November 1813.  I’m a little late with that one, and the letter written over two days from 8 … Continue reading

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[I am] very snug, in my own room, lovely morng, excellent fire, fancy me

Doesn’t that sound lovely?… snug in a warm room on a lovely morning?  I’d say “fancy me” too! Today’s letter is from 1813 and chock full of lovely snippets as Jane Austen engages in visits, pleasant parties, concerts and a ‘day of … Continue reading

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…it is but roughish weather for any one in a tender state

Given the high winds and cold that have descended upon my own area these last few days, I found today’s quote appropriate for a title… but Jane Austen’s lengthy letter to sister Cassandra on 3 November 1813 has so much … Continue reading

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the sentence had been made ever since yesterday, & I think forms a very good beginning

Jane Austen was in fine form in her letter to Cassandra of 1 November 1800 — so many quotable lines I could have used for my post title!  You must read it to appreciate them. The one I did choose … Continue reading

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Now that you are become an Aunt, you are a person of some consequence & must excite great Interest whatever You do.

Here’s a short note from 30 October 1815 for anyone who is an Aunt, validating the critical role we fill — in a short note to niece Caroline Austen — 30th October 1815

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Miss Jane Austen’s tears have flowed over each sweet sketch…

Ah! But are they tears of sorrow, joy, frustration, or perhaps just… boredom?  Jane Austen’s brief letter to niece Anna, written sometime between 29th and 31st October 1812, concerns a novel by Mrs Hunter that they have been reading together … Continue reading

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I shall think with tenderness & delight on his beautiful & smiling Countenance & interesting Manners, till a few years have turned him into an ungovernable, ungracious fellow.

I always enjoy Jane Austen’s balanced descriptions of family members, and the ‘proof’ of her understanding of human nature, as suggested by this comment of her nephew, “Itty Dorty” in the first of two letters written on this date.  This … Continue reading

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I am not at all in a humour for writing; I must write on till I am.–

Despite the lack of humour (for writing) I have five letters to share over the last couple days — I’ve been away for the weekend, so grouping them again.  But plenty of observation to enjoy — 24th October 1798 24th … Continue reading

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I ask, what am I to do with my Gratitude? — I can do nothing but thank you & go on.

Jane Austen’s gratitude (post title) was for a long newsy letter from Cassandra.  Mine is for your patience — I fell behind again!!!  I made it nine months posting the “daily” letters on (or near) the dates they were written, … Continue reading

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After having much praised or much blamed anybody, one is generally sensible of something just the reverse soon afterwards.

Lots of news from Godmersham to report today in 1813 — what with men out shooting, the neighbourhood all visiting, the weather gearing up for a blistery cold fall, and family news! 11th October 1813  

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