A Jane Austen Companion: A Critical Survey and Reference by F B Pinion

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A Jane Austen better half: A severe Survey and Reference ebook via F. B. Pinion 1973 Hardcover 342 pages together with Index Macmillian

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Cassandra returned to Chawton, and lived there with her mother and Martha Lloyd. Nephews and nieces continued to visit them, but they sensed a change: the 'chief light in the house was quenched' and 'the loss of it had cast a shade over the spirits of the survivors'. Mrs Austen lived until1827; Martha left on her marriage to Frank Austen in 1828; but Cassandra stayed at Chawton for many years. She died at Portsdown Lodge, Frank's house near Portsmouth, in 1845, and was buried beside her mother at Chawton.

Countless readers of her novels would remember the news of the duel between Lord Castlereagh and Mr Canning in September 1809. Almost twenty years later the Duke of Wellington and Lord Winchilsea decided to settle a question of 'honour' in the same old-fashioned style. Careers for the sons of the landed gentry were limited. , 38 A Jane Austen Companion like Sir Thomas Bertram. Younger sons could enter the army or navy; in the latter their fortune, when the country was at war, depended on how many 'prizes' they captured.

Vi) that 'Repton, or any body of that sort, would certainly have the avenue at Sotherton down; the avenue that leads from the west front to the top of the hill you know', a serious blunder may be suspected. Whole avenues had been felled, and Fanny Price recalled Cowper's protest, but Repton thought an avenue 'most pleasing' when it 'climbs up a hill, and, passing over its summit, leaves the fancy to conceive its termination'. He would have approved of openings to Background extend or create views at the front of the house and along the avenue, but not its complete removal.

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