Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathley

By Jill Pitkeathley

They have been cherished sisters and the simplest of neighbors. yet Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered a similar destiny as a few of the girls in their period. compelled to spend their lives depending on family, either financially and emotionally, the sisters spent their time jointly buying and selling secrets and techniques, not easy every one other's critiques, and rehearsing in myriad alternative routes the family dramas that Jane may later convey to fruition in her well known novels. for every sister suffered via painful romantic disappointments—tasting ardour, realizing nice love, after which wasting it—while the opposite stood witness. Upon Jane's dying, Cassandra intentionally destroyed her own letters, thereby remaining the door to the personal lifetime of the well known novelist . . . till now.

In Cassandra & Jane, writer Jill Pitkeathley ingeniously reimagines the original and intimate dating among awesome siblings, reintroducing readers to at least one of the main interesting figures on the planet of literature, as visible throughout the eyes of the single one who knew her best.

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Would you not say that Edward has changed his station by being adopted, or that Elizabeth Smith considerably altered her station by marrying a man as rich as Mr. ” People change their station by marriage or by the acquisition of wealth. After all, we now dine with those who made their fortunes in trade. But that is not the same as what those wicked French aspire to. They say that the servant is the equal of his master and that no distinction of rank or class should be observed. ” Put in those terms, it seemed stark indeed and my mother was immediately cross.

The terrible news came at the end of April 1797. I was in the garden tending the bees. Mama had recently given to me the responsibility for the hives and I enjoyed getting to know the habits of the bees, then learning the best way to obtain the greatest yield of honey. I had read that the f lavour of the honey could be enhanced by encouraging the bees to gather nectar from lavender and I was raising a bed of it near the hives. The letter was from Lord Craven, dispatched immediately upon his ship’s arrival at Southampton.

I am sure, but I am glad to have known what it is to love and glad that you, dear Cass, have known that joy too,” for by that time I had had my own disappointment to bear. We r a rely sp oke of Tom Lefroy in the years which followed, but occasionally it would be mentioned in our company that his wife had given birth again, for he raised a large family. His mother Mrs. Lefroy remained a good friend and her untimely death a few years later was a great distress to Jane. I was aware that Jane was changed through the Irish incident.

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