Saturday, 15 December 2012

Jane Austen Quote of the Week 216

Since December 16th is Jane's 237th birthday, it is appropriate to quote something Jane wrote that contains the date December 16.  This is from Chapter 1 of "Persuasion":
Amanda Root as Anne Elliot (1995)
Precisely such had the paragraph originally stood from the printer's hands; but Sir Walter had improved it by adding, for the information of himself and his family, these words, after the date of Mary's birth -- "Married, December 16, 1810, Charles, son and heir of Charles Musgrove, Esq. of Uppercross, in the county of Somerset," and by inserting most accurately the day of the month on which he had lost his wife.
I thought it rather quaint/lovely/remarkable that Jane would use the date of her own birth in her book.  And to add to that, our friend, Anielka (who admits to being born in December also) posted a genealogical list of Jane's relatives that were born in December.  You may read that HERE.
So Happy Birthday Jane and Anielka!
Yrs aff'ly,
Linda the Librarian


Icha said...

Oh my... I didn't realise about this interesting fact about Sir Walter's wife. Thanks a lot Linda!

Rachel said...

How fabulous! I have never noticed this before. Thanks Linda.