Thursday, December 16, 2010
Happy Birthday, Jane
I had a whole another idea for a post. Then
I found out earlier that today is Jane Austen's birthday.
How could I not show love to Jane. It is her 235th birthday.
Still looking good, Jane! Seriously, Jane Austen seems to
stay relevant even after two centuries. Amazing.
What is your favorite Jane Austen book? I know everyone
loves Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed it too. My favorite
is Persuasion. This novel appeals to my romantic soul.
I do feel a kinship with Anne Elliot, the heroine of the book.
I guess I know all about having a good heart and being put
upon my others.
Captain Frederick Wentworth melts my heart when he finally
realizes what a dunderhead he is about his feelings toward
This has to be one of my favorite passages in Persuasion.
I feel one of my favorite letters in all of literature.
Here is part of the letter Captain Wentworth sends to Anne.
I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means
as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony,
half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings
are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart
even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years
and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman,
that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.
Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been,
but never inconstant.
Now, if you haven't read Persuasion. Do yourself a favorite
and read it.
Happy Birthday, Jane. Thank you for all your wonderful characters
who live in the novels that we all hold so dear.