By James Edward Austen Leigh
Whilst James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his well-known aunt was once released in 1870, faraway from pleasurable public interest approximately Jane Austen because the relatives had meant, it easily raised a chain of recent questions, quite approximately Jane Austen's unpublished paintings, which have been pointed out purely in passing. Austen Leigh used to be persuaded to factor a much-expanded moment version in 1871. right here he incorporated for the 1st time the entire texts of Jane Austen's novel in letters, girl Susan, and the fragmentary novel The Watsons, in addition to a short precis of her final unfinished paintings, later referred to as Sanditon. even as he took the chance to revise the biographical sections of the Memoir in part to incorporate new info that had come to gentle because the first version, in order that all in all of the moment variation has a importance for Austen students particularly cut loose the 1st.
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Of course, they cannot be universally applicable. Such details varied in various circles, and were changed very gradually; nor can I pretend to tell how much of what I have said Jane Austen. 37 is descriptive of the family life at Steventon in Jane Austen's youth. I am sure that the ladies there had nothing to do with the mysteries of the stew-pot or the preserving-pan ; but it is probable that their way of life differed a little from ours, and would have appeared to us more homely. It may be that useful articles, which would not now be produced in drawingrooms, were hemmed, and marked, and darned in the old-fashioned parlour.
I have heard also of a n o t h e r curious proof of t h e respect in which this d a n c e was held. Gloves immaculately clean were considered requisite for its due performance, while gloves a little soiled were t h o u g h t good enough for a c o u n t r y d a n c e ; a n d accordingly some p r u d e n t ladies provided themselves with two pairs for their several purposes. T h e minuet expired with the last c e n t u r y : b u t l o n g after it h a d ceased to be danced publicly it w a s t a u g h t t o boys a n d girls, in order t o give t h e m a graceful carriage.
This was the small circle, continually enlarged, however, by the increasing families of four of her brothers, within which Jane Austen found her wholesome pleasures, duties, and interests, and beyond which she went very little into society during the last ten years of her life. There was so much that was agreeable and attractive in this family party that its members may be excused if they were inclined to live somewhat too exclusively within it. They might see in each other much to love and esteem, and something to admire.