You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age grown such bad reckoners but so it was, for Cassy certainly expected to have been brought to bed a month ago: however last nightthe time came, and without a great deal of warning, everything was soon happily over. We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny, and seems to me as if she would be as like Henry, as Cassy is to Neddy. Your sister thank God is pure well after it, and send her love to you and my brother, not forgetting James and Philly…
[Letter from Mr. Austen to his sister Philadelphia Walter, December 17, 1775, as quoted from Deirdre Le Faye, Jane Austen, A Family Record, Cambridge, 2004, p.27.]
In celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday today, JASNA has published its annual Perusasions On-Line Vol.35, No. 1 (Winter 2014). Click here for the Table of Contents to yet another inspiring collection of essays, some from the 2014 AGM in Montreal on Mansfield Park, and other “Miscellany” – all about Jane Austen…and perfect winter reading material…!
Here are the Contents:
A Distracted Seminarian: The Unsuccessful Reformation of Edmund Bertram
Br. Paul Byrd, O.P.
Why Tom Bertram Cannot Die: “The Plans and Decisions of Mortals”
Theresa M. Kenney
The Monstrous Mothers of Mansfield Park
Fanny Price as Fordyce’s Ideal Woman? And Why?
A. Marie Sprayberry
Among the Proto-Janeites: Reading Mansfield Park for Consolation in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1815
Sarah Emsley and Sheila Johnson Kindred
Jane Austen and the Subscription List to Camilla (1796)
Pride, Prejudice, and the Threat to Edward Knight’s Inheritance
Spontaneous Composite Portraits of Jane Austen
To Forgive is Divine—and Practical, Too
The Importance of Servants in Jane Austen’s Novels
Jane Austen Bibliography, 2013