By Jill Pitkeathley
They have been loved sisters and the simplest of neighbors. yet Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered a similar destiny as a number of the ladies 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, demanding each one other's reviews, and rehearsing in myriad alternative routes the family dramas that Jane might later carry to fruition in her renowned novels. for every sister suffered via painful romantic disappointments—tasting ardour, understanding nice love, after which wasting it—while the opposite stood witness. Upon Jane's loss of life, Cassandra intentionally destroyed her own letters, thereby final the door to the personal lifetime of the popular novelist . . . until eventually now.
In Cassandra & Jane, writer Jill Pitkeathley ingeniously reimagines the original and intimate courting among awesome siblings, reintroducing readers to 1 of the main fascinating figures on the earth of literature, as noticeable during the eyes of the single one that knew her best.
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I, like Jane, loved to receive their letters, but when they were actually with us all my jealousies were inclined to return. They came often to stay at Christmas after that and we followed the pattern of that first one. There was ample room for them, because the boys had departed for the holidays. James had gone to France to visit Eliza’s husband, while Edward was away on his Grand Tour anyway. Henry, Frank and Charles were there as well as Jane and myself. I loved looking after little Hastings and at that point I do not think we had realized that he would fail to thrive.
She told me that my nightgowns would last for twenty years. ” But we did joke of it, almost as a way of hiding our fears. Death in childbirth was something so common that it almost ceased to be remarked on. Our own mother, of course, had given birth to eight healthy children; well, seven if poor George was taken into account, but deaths of mothers and children were to be expected. Jane even joked of it in her letters. T Mrs. Hall of Sherbourne was brought to bed yesterday of a dead child, some weeks before she expected, owing to a fright.
She was more cautious in her dealings with young men and had got over the unfortunate tendency to f lirt so outrageously. This was a great relief to me. She was more wary of people who paid her attention and more inclined to give a sharp reply where she might have previously given a f lirtatious one. She certainly returned to her writing with great devotion and we had many a happy evening reading her work as it was finished. She always wrote on very small sheets of paper so that it looked as though she might be writing a letter.
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