Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

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Join in the birthday fun and share some of our favorite Jane Austen passages and some giveaway goodies. Leave me a comment on this post for a chance to win a lighthearted Darcy themed mousepad. Make sure you include a contact email so I can notify the winner. Comments will be closed 12/18/12 at midnight.

Austen SoireeOne of my favorite Jane Austen moments from Persuasion:

The revolution which one instant had made in Anne, was almost beyond expression. The letter, with a direction hardly legible, to “Miss A.

E.–,” was evidently the one which he had been folding so hastily. While supposed to be writing only to Captain Benwick, he had been also

addressing her! On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her. Anything was possible, anything might be

defied rather than suspense. Mrs Musgrove had little arrangements of her own at her own table; to their protection she must trust, and

sinking into the chair which he had occupied, succeeding to the very spot where he had leaned and written, her eyes devoured the following


“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half

hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your

own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an

earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been,  weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have

brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not

waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant

hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.

Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do elieve that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe

it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W. “I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”

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  1. I read your chosen passage from the book with my special Captain Wentworth sigh. Good choice!

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  2. And that letter is why Captain Wentworth trumps Darcy. Who wouldn’t rather be with a man who could express himself so well. :-)


  3. I love that letter. I just got done watching the BBC production and they way Captain Wentworth grasps Anne’shand as Charles Musgrove asks him to walk her home, oh my it just says so much.

  4. I am with you. The letter is definitely one of my most favorite Jane Austen quotes. “You pierce my soul.” Phew. Perfection.

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  5. Am currently re-reading PERSUASION…am madly in love with Capt Wentworth….that letter takes my breath away every time….
    Happy Birthday to Ms Austen

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