Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!
4 weeks ago
"It's 'Possession' meets 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.'"! Well... that's the plan anyway. One must have something to aim at.
You are inimitable, irresistable. You are the delight of my life. Such Letters, such entertaining Letters as you have lately sent! Such a description of your queer little heart! Such a lovely display of what imagination does! You are worth your weight in Gold, or even the new Silver Coinage. I cannot express to you what I felt in reading your history of Yourself, how full of Pity and Concern and Amusement I have been. You are the Paragon of all that is Silly and Sensible, common-place and eccentric, Sad & Lively, Provoking & Interesting. -- Who can keep pace with the fluctuations of your Fancy, the Capprizios of your Taste, the Contradictions of your Feelings? You are so odd!-- & all the time, so perfectly natural -- so peculiar in yourself & yet so like everybody else! It is very, very gratifying to me to know you so intimately. You can hardly think what a pleasure it is to me to have such thorough pictures of your Heart. Oh! What a loss it will be, when you are married. You are too agreeable in your single state, as a Niece. I shall hate you when your delicious play of Mind is all settled down into conjugal & maternal affection....