I used a time machine device and traveled back to 1804,
celebrating Jane’s 29th birthday with the then unknown authoress…
Jane arrived half-passed noon dressed in a delicate blue muslin gown and was received with hugs to the luncheon Cook had prepared for us in honor of her birthday. Jane looked bright despite having been under the weather earlier that week, although I did notice a queer look in her eyes but didn’t say anything. Instead, I attributed it to her known dislike of Bath. She and her family had been living in the city several years by then but Jane had yet to form a positive opinion of it. The only good which came out of her family’s relocation, she told me one afternoon, was being introduced to me. We met at a concert one fateful evening and had become fast friends, my being an appreciator of fiction and she, a gifted yet unpublished author.
As we sat down at the table, Jane complimented the array of goodies laid out
on the white linen tablecloth and I nodded my equal appreciation. My cook had outdone herself. There was a mouthwatering selection of finger sandwiches, cold cut pork, several flavors of freshly baked cookies and a pink layered cake with sprinkles on top of the frosting!
While nibbling ladylike on these tasty items, we lamented the fact that Cassandra had not been able to join us, having unfortunately contracted whatever the birthday girl had just recovered from. Jane intimated that she and Cassandra were due for a visit to the country to visit their brother and she hoped it would do them both a bit of good.
After the pleasant lunch, I gave Jane a handmade card and a short book of poems. She opened her gift with pleasure and read aloud several poetic selections before divulging to me her latest venture in fiction. It was quite an interesting tale but she hadn’t finished it yet. I believe she said the title was “The Watsons”. [to be continued...]
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Thanks Maria of My Jane Austen Book Club and Katherine of November’s Autumn for asking me to be a part of the celebration!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANE!
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Blog: Regency stories set against the backdrop of Regency England
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One set of Frederick Wentworth, Captain (Books 1 and 2) by Susan Kaye
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