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By James Edward Austen Leigh

Whilst James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his recognized aunt used to be released in 1870, faraway from fulfilling public interest approximately Jane Austen because the relatives had meant, it easily raised a sequence of latest questions, fairly approximately Jane Austen's unpublished paintings, which have been pointed out simply in passing. Austen Leigh used to be persuaded to factor a much-expanded moment variation in 1871. right here he incorporated for the 1st time the entire texts of Jane Austen's novel in letters, woman Susan, and the fragmentary novel The Watsons, in addition to a quick precis of her final unfinished paintings, later often called Sanditon. whilst 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 become independent from the 1st.

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Some ladies were fond of spinning, but they worked in a quieter manner, sitting at a neat little machine of varnished wood, like Tunbridge ware, generally turned by the foot, with a basin of water at hand to supply the moisture required for forming the thread, which the cottager took by a more direct and * Mrs. Gaskell, in her tale of 'Sylvia's Lovers,' declares that this hand-spinning rivalled harp-playing in its gracefulness. 40 A Memoir of natural process from her own mouth. I remember two such elegant little wheels in our own family.

On these occasions, t h e prologues and epilogues were written b y Jane's eldest brother, and some of them are very vigorous a n d amusing. J a n e was only twelve years old at t h e time of the earliest of these representations, and not more than fifteen when the last took place. S h e was, however, an early observer, and it m a y be reasonably supposed that some of the incidents and feelings which are so vividly painted in t h e Mansfield P a r k theatricals are due to her recollections of these entertainments.

First it dropped its iron ring and became a clog; afterwards it was fined down into the pliant galoshe—lighter to wear and more effectual to protect—a no less manifest instance of gradual improvement than Cowper indicates when he traces through eighty lines of poetry his 'accomplished sofa' back to the original three-legged stool. As an illustration of the purposes which a patten was intended to serve, I add the following epigram, written by Jane Austen's uncle, Mr. Leigh Perrot, on reading in a newspaper the marriage of Captain Foote to Miss Patten :— Jane Austen.

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