By Jill Pitkeathley
They have been liked sisters and the easiest of buddies. yet Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered a similar destiny as some of the girls in their period. compelled to spend their lives depending on kin, 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 ways the family dramas that Jane may later carry to fruition in her renowned novels. for every sister suffered via painful romantic disappointments—tasting ardour, figuring out nice love, after which wasting it—while the opposite stood witness. Upon Jane's dying, Cassandra intentionally destroyed her own letters, thereby ultimate the door to the personal lifetime of the well known novelist . . . until eventually now.
In Cassandra & Jane, writer Jill Pitkeathley ingeniously reimagines the original and intimate courting among amazing siblings, reintroducing readers to 1 of the main exciting figures on the earth of literature, as obvious in the course of the eyes of the only one that knew her best.
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She wrote to me at my brother’s: I was too proud to make any enquiries, but afterwards on my father’s asking where he was, I learn that he was gone back to London in his way to Ireland, where he is called to the bar and means to practice. I knew how much she would have been hurt that he had again been in our neighborhood and had not called. Considering our intimacy at Ashe, he must have gone out of his way to conceal his presence there from all of us—or do I mistake you, 44 jill pitk e athle y Cass?
Pray tell me if you of all people knew he was there and concealed it from me so that I might be spared. You know that I should have handled it well, with humour and dignity—I should not have caused embarrassment. I was quick to assure her that I had certainly not known of his presence and neither had anyone else in the family so far as I was aware. It would be Mrs. Lefroy’s doing, you know, because she is so fond of you and would only have had your best interests at heart. She replied, That I can accept and as I am also fond of her I must hope that our connection can continue without constraint in spite of our Irish episode.
Elizabeth was the most beautiful and had many suitors, but Catherine and Alethea were attractive too. ” Gener a l ly, t he fa m i l ies with whom we mixed were of a similar status in life to ourselves, but we did occasionally have contact with grander families. The Chutes, for example, who lived at the Vyne near Basingstoke, were rich enough; James was privileged to be invited to hunt with Tom Chute and to dine there frequently. The father, William Chute, was a member of Parliament—the only one I think with whom we regularly came into contact and I remember once, when we attended a Ball at the Vyne, having to reprimand Jane for enquiring too closely of what his duties in Parliament consisted.
Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathley