By Jill Pitkeathley
They have been loved sisters and the simplest of buddies. yet Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered a similar destiny as the various ladies in their period. pressured to spend their lives depending on relations, either financially and emotionally, the sisters spent their time jointly buying and selling secrets and techniques, difficult every one other's critiques, and rehearsing in myriad alternative ways the household dramas that Jane may later carry to fruition in her well known 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 remaining 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 dating among amazing siblings, reintroducing readers to 1 of the main interesting figures on this planet of literature, as visible throughout the eyes of the only one that knew her best.
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As we returned to Steventon, he said that he would go to my father straight, but my father had seen us return with my arm through his and came out to greet us, his face also wreathed in smiles. ” Later, I related the incident of this to Jane, who burst out, “Made you an offer and you accepted—what are you about? I do not wish to know only that—I must know—where were you? How did he look? Did he kneel down? Did he take your hand? Did he kiss you? ” I could not bring myself to give her the details she sought—they were an intimacy I could share only with Tom.
I blushed in the dark, for it was true that I had begun to form an attachment even then to my Tom. ” I did not envy her, for I was quite content with the prospects that I now saw before me. Tom w a s a good fellow. I had known him since he first came to the school and he formed a good friendship with James. As we grew older, I knew he began to look at me in a different way, with more interest, an interest that might ripen into love perhaps. He was destined to be a clergyman and I could see before me a life like my mother’s.
Later, I related the incident of this to Jane, who burst out, “Made you an offer and you accepted—what are you about? I do not wish to know only that—I must know—where were you? How did he look? Did he kneel down? Did he take your hand? Did he kiss you? ” I could not bring myself to give her the details she sought—they were an intimacy I could share only with Tom. ” “No, no, you know I shall never love anyone as I love you and in any case we cannot be married for some years. ” It was like her to make light of what must have been a difficult moment and she did try hard to be pleased for Tom and me.
Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathley