Jane Austen: Her Homes and her Friends by Constance Hill

Автор: andrey4444. Опубликовано в Джейн Остин

It has been remarked that "in works of genius there is always something intangible — something that can be felt but that cannot be clearly defined — something that eludes us when we attempt to put it into words." This "intangible something" — this undefinable charm — is felt by all Jane Austen's admirers. It has exercised a sway of ever-increasing power over the writer and illustrator of these pages; constraining them to follow the author to all the places where she dwelt and inspiring them with a determination to find out all that could be known of her life and its surroundings.

Such a pilgrimage in the footprints of a favourite writer would, alas! in many cases lead to a sad disenchantment, but no such pain awaits those who follow Miss Austen's gentle steps. The more intimate their knowledge of her character becomes the more must they admire and love her rare spirit and the more thorough must be their enjoyment in her racy humour — a humour which makes everything she touches delightful, but which never degenerates into caricature nor into "jestings which are not convenient." Elizabeth Bennet is speaking in the author's own person when she says to Darcy: "I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can." We read in a short memoir of Miss Austen written by her brother Henry, "Though the frailties, foibles and follies of others could not escape her immediate detection, yet even on their vices did she never trust herself to comment with unkindness. She always sought in the faults of others something to excuse, to forgive or forget."

Table of Contents:
I. AN ARRIVAL IN AUSTEN-LAND
II. STEVENTON
III. STEVENTON
IV. THE ABBEY SCHOOL
V. STEVENTON AND THE OUTER WORLD
VI. THE COUNTY BALL-ROOM
VII. FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS
VIII. SCENES OF EARLY WRITINGS
IX. LEAVING STEVENTON
X. BATH
XI. BATH
XII. BATH
XIII. LYME
XIV. SOUTHAMPTON
XV. STONELEIGH ABBEY
XVI. SETTLING AT CHAWTON
XVII. CHAWTON
XVIII. GODMERSHAM
XIX. LONDON
XX. CHAWTON
XXI. AN EPISODE IN JANE AUSTEN'S LIFE
XXII. LAST YEAR AT CHAWTON
XXIII. WINCHESTER

 

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