Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathley

By Jill Pitkeathley

They have been liked sisters and the simplest of acquaintances. yet Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered an identical destiny as a number 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, tough every one other's reviews, and rehearsing in myriad alternative ways the household dramas that Jane may later convey 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 dying, Cassandra intentionally destroyed her own letters, thereby final the door to the non-public 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 exciting figures on this planet of literature, as visible during the eyes of the single one that knew her best.

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Your Tom is so serious,” said Jane to me one day, as we sat down to our cold meat after I had walked with Tom. “Mr. Fowle is indeed a man of sincere conviction,” I replied rather coldly. “No, Cass, I do not mean to offend—I know him for a fine man. ” “Unless you are there to cheer the company, dear sister, in which case there will be laughter, sparkling conversation and f lirting, I suppose? Take care, Jane, for if you criticize Mr. ” “You are wrong in both your assumptions. ” It was true that we did find much to amuse together.

That would require a great deal of re-working but I shall consider it—after all we have our best ideas when we are together, do we not? But the next thing I shall write will be a poem for your wedding, my dear, for Tom should be home by Easter and you will be a bride. ” fiv e Tragic News and First Impr essi ons om ha d b een expected home at Easter and our wedding was to take place immediately. I had been working at my trousseau for some time. Jane often teased me about the care I put in to it.

Mrs. Lefroy told Mrs. Lloyd that she had packed him off to London—that is exactly how she put it—packed him off to London before more mischief was done. It seems that she thinks he was trifling with me which I assure you, Cass, he was not—his feelings were sincere and I did not mistake them. We thought so alike on so many things that it was as though we were made for each other. But I suppose his affection could not outweigh his fear of poverty and his obligations. I find the solicitude of the others hard to bear—they mean to be kind but I fear they are laughing at me for having been taken in.

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