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Jane Austen’s handwritten letter in Canberra

“I would not let Martha read “First Impressions” again upon any account, and am very glad that I did not leave it in your power.” – Jane Austen

I trekked from Sydney to Canberra a few weekends ago to see an original handwritten letter from Jane Austen to Cassandra that is housed in the National Library of Australia after my publishing editor told me that he had seen it there some weeks ago. Three hours, traffic stress and seventy dollars worth of petrol later and I had made it to Australia’s capital, ACT. Every moment was worth it, to see this:

(A big thanks to N for going back in to take the picture on her iPhone, how would I do without?)

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Caroline’s Letter to Lucy

Caroline Bingley, it seems, is often hard done by in Pride and Prejudice.  What’s really going on in her mind when she shuns the Bennet girls?  Why is she so jealous of Elizabeth?  Is there anything nice actually going through her head?  I decided to write a bit of fan fiction to the effect, as Caroline Bingley writing to an imaginary cousin called Lucy.  Continue reading

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