Posts Tagged ‘Jane Austen’s House’

Last night Monica Fairview (The Other Mr Darcy) and I went to the book launch of Dancing with Mr Darcy. If you haven’t heard about this book before it’s a selection of short stories inspired by Chawton and connections to Jane Austen. What is really worthwhile, I think, is that the proceeds of the book go back into Chawton House, which I’m sure you know was rescued, restored and turned into a library, which collects women’s literature from 1600 – 1830 by the fabulous lady Sandy Lerner.
The book started as a competition where anyone who felt inspired could submit their short story with a chance of being published. I’ve bought the book, and very good it is too – it was lovely to meet some of the authors – I now have a signed copy! We thought you’d enjoy seeing the pictures as so many of you who visit my blog live so far away. I’m always fascinated by the number of different countries that visitors to my blog come from – UK, America, Sweden, Italy, France, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Australia, Phillipines, Russia, Denmark, Canada, India, Africa – to name but a few. I know you would all have loved to have been there last night, so I hope this gives a flavour of the evening.
The wonderful author Sarah Waters introduced the book to us all, and then the winner, Victoria Owens treated us to a splendid reading of her story.
It was lovely to see Tom Carpenter from Jane Austen’s House again as I haven’t seen him for a while – there’s another lovely place to visit. A few of the stories have the house as their inspiration. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to go and visit Jane’s house you’ll know what an inspiring place it is to visit. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all – my congratulations to all involved – I wish you every success with the book and your future careers!

The authors
Monica Fairview
Tom Carpenter and Jane Odiwe
Sarah Waters and Jane Odiwe


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…he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents would most suit her.

In chapter fifty of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is beginning to think that she made a mistake when she turned down Mr Darcy’s proposal. Her feelings towards him have changed and she can only contemplate on the fact that if he knew of her heart’s transformation he would consider he had won a victory.

What a triumph for him, as she often thought, could he know that the proposals which she had proudly spurned only four months ago, would now have been gladly and gratefully received! He was as generous, she doubted not, as the most generous of his sex; but while he was mortal, there must be a triumph.

She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes. It was an union that must have been to the advantage of both; by her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved; and from his judgment, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance.

Here’s a card for Valentine’s Day. I hope you like it – it shows Jane Austen sitting at her little desk at Chawton cottage on her brother Edward Knight’s estate writing Pride and Prejudice. She’s nearly finished her novel and she’s enjoying a moment of triumph as she reads through the passage above. At any moment she may be covering her work when she hears the creaking door that tells her when someone is coming. Quick, Jane, I can hear someone coming. Oh, it’s only Cassandra and she knows exactly what you are doing. What a relief – there’s a little more time before anyone else will come downstairs, so hurry up and finish for all those generations of Janeites waiting to read your wonderful book.

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