Sunday, 20 April 2014
Since it is Easter weekend I thought that I would check to see if Jane had used the word "Easter". Sure enough, I found quite a few instances, and I will quote one from Mansfield Park, Chapter 47:
Mrs. Rushworth had gone, for the Easter holidays, to Twickenham, with a family whom she had just grown intimate with: a family of lively, agreeable manners, and probably of morals and discretion to suit, for to their house Mr. Crawford had constant access at all times.
She also used the word "holidays" so I will assume that in those days it was special, though I have no idea how they celebrated.
On a sad note, I want to say that my heart was broken this week when I learned of the passing of a dear "Janeite" friend, Linden Salter-Duke. We met online at Pemberley and in person in 2002 when she made a trip to the U.S. She visited with my family and I on her way to a conference. I will always have such beautiful memories of her visit. I had the honor of making a few suggestions for her book "Freedom in My Love" and she mentioned my name in the Acknowledgements. That was a first for me. And to quote our dear Jane: "My tears flow".
Linda the Librarian