Sunday, 11 March 2012

Jane Austen Quote of the Week 186

My quote for Jane will be a melancholy remembrance because a very dear Aunt of mine passed away two days ago. I go to attend her funeral on Saturday, the 10th. I wanted to find something that affected Jane to reflect the way I am feeling now. So, in her letter dated Monday, January 21, 1805 she wrote the following to her brother Francis Austen:

"I have melancholy news to relate, & sincerely feel for your feelings under the shock of it. I wish I could better prepare you for it. But having said so much, your mind will already forestall the sort of event which I have to communicate. Our dear Father has closed his virtuous & happy life, in a death almost as free from suffering as his Children could have wished. ....... Heavy as is the blow, we can already feel that a thousand comforts remain to us to soften it. Next to that of the consciousness of his worth & constant preparation for another World, is the remembrance of his having suffered, comparatively speaking, nothing. Being quite insensible of his own state, he was spared all the pain of separation, & he went off almost in his Sleep. My Mother bears the Shock as well as possible; she was quite prepared for it, & feels all the blessing of his being spared a long Illness."

Jane's words also apply to my dear Aunt, which brings me some comfort. Also, please note the date, January 21, 1805 and remember that Jane had also lost a dear friend, Mrs. Anne Lefroy in December, 1804. My heart goes out to her.

Yrs aff'ly,
Linda the Librarian

Pic: George Austen, Jane's father

3 comments:

Icha said...

My heart goes to you and your family, dearest Linda. God bless you...

dbstevens said...

I'm glad you can find some comfort in Jane's words, knowing that you are going through similar feelings as she did. And I'm sorry for your loss, for your sadness.

Linda Fern said...

Thank you for your caring words. We had a safe trip - only a total of 700 miles - whew. I was able to visit with family and friends that I haven't seen in years. I just wish it wasn't on such a sad occasion.

Yrs aff'ly,
Linda the Librarian