Jane Austen is one of the ten reasons I’m glad I’m alive. Or maybe even one of five, right up there with love, the silliness of cats, and morning light in the trees.
When I think about Jane Austen I feel gratitude for her wisdom, wit, and genius; her stories are about all of us, and her characters are all of us. (Have you ever caught yourself sounding horrifyingly like foolish, vulgar Mrs. Bennet or pedantic Mary? And haven’t we all been Emma Woodhouse at her very worst moment?)
Jane, being Jane, understood the part gratitude plays in love:
“But above all, above respect and esteem, there was a motive within her of goodwill which could not be overlooked. It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.…Such a change in a man of so much pride exciting not only astonishment but gratitude–for to love, ardent love, it must be attributed…”
“If gratitude and esteem are good foundations of affection, Elizabeth’s change of sentiment will be neither improbable nor faulty.”
“Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them.”– Pride and Prejudice
Thank you, Jane We too are sensible of deep gratitude towards Jane Austen for bringing us brilliance, irreverence, and laughter in six of the greatest novels ever written.
This has been a contentious political season, but it’s not too late to change direction! Following are seven compelling reasons to elect my cat for president. In short, Mittens:
- Can retract when he’s make a mistake (he’s always coughing up hairballs).
- Sees both sides of the issue (first he wants to go out, and then he wants to come in).
- Gets along well with humans – an outstanding trait for any president.
- Has a look-alike mouse pad so if he wanted an extra long nap, the mouse pad could stand in for him.
- Would not hesitate to chew out his mice president if he or she wasn’t up to the job.
- Has a progressive and open-minded position on dogs. Sort of.
- Would keep the tags on the bureau cats at the FDA (Federal Dog Administration).
OK, I admit I may not have put forth a incontrovertible argument for voting Mittens into office. But I can promise his presidency would be characterized by the Hippocatic oath, “First, do no harm.” How many other presidents or would-be presidents can you say that about?
We’re always deriding her, but how would you feel if not only your income but your house AND its furnishings were entailed? And, as we know, Mrs. B. “would be ashamed of having [an estate] that was only entailed on me.”
“The rest of his letter is only about his dear Charlotte’s situation, and his expectation of a young olive-branch.”