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By James Edward Austen Leigh

ISBN-10: 1108003575

ISBN-13: 9781108003575

While James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his recognized aunt was once released in 1870, faraway from pleasing public interest approximately Jane Austen because the relatives had meant, it easily raised a sequence of recent questions, relatively approximately Jane Austen's unpublished paintings, which were pointed out merely in passing. Austen Leigh used to be persuaded to factor a much-expanded moment version in 1871. right here he incorporated for the 1st time the whole texts of Jane Austen's novel in letters, girl Susan, and the fragmentary novel The Watsons, in addition to a short precis of her final unfinished paintings, later referred to as Sanditon. while he took the chance to revise the biographical sections of the Memoir in part to incorporate new info that had come to mild because the first variation, in order that all in all of the moment version has a value for Austen students fairly cut loose the 1st.

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One may wonder how the child could have so much money, and how the animal could have been obtained for so little. The same authority informs 38 A Memoir of me that his first cloth suit was made from a scarlet habit, which, according to the fashion of the times, had been his mother's usual morning dress. If all this is true, the future admiral of the British Fleet must have cut a conspicuous figure in the huntingfield. The other peculiarity was that, when the roads were dirty, the sisters took long walks in pattens.

There were then no assessed taxes. The carriage, once bought, entailed little further expense ; and the horses probably, like Mr. Bennet's, were often employed on farm work. Moreover, it should be remembered that a pair of horses in those days were almost necessary, if ladies were to move about at all ; for neither the condition of the roads nor the style of carriage-building admitted of any comfortable vehicle being drawn by a single horse. When one looks at the few specimens still remaining of coach-building in the last century, it strikes one that the chief object of the builders must have been to combine the greatest possible weight with the least possible amount of accommodation.

25 been given b y Buonaparte's government to detain all English travellers, but at the post-houses Mrs. H e n r y A u s t e n gave t h e necessary orders herself, and her French was so perfect that she passed everywhere for a native, and her husband escaped under this protection. She was a clever woman, and highly accomplished, after t h e French rather than the English m o d e ; and in those days, when intercourse with the Continent was long interrupted b y war, such an element in the society of a country parsonage must have been a rare acquisition.

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