A Georgian Era Author

Far back into the 20th century was born a worldwide author, who I look up to very much as I dream of becoming a writer, known as Jane Austen. Thousands of people know her most for the six books she had published: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and my personal favorite, Emma. However, other than her books, there is so much insight on Jane Austen during her life in the 1700’s and the 1800’s. Her life is not just a collection of books; it is full of family and romance, play writing and pleasure reading, looks and fashion, new life and death.

Over the years, the looks of Jane Austen were lost, so that even to this day no one truly knows what she looked like. In a biography written by Valerie Grosvenor Myer, Jane was a shy girl who was taller than norm and slender. Jane’s cousin, Phila, described her as, “…not at all pretty and very prim, unlike a girl of twelve” (39-40). A friend from Jane’s younger years described her as doll like in her face and her skin complexion. She was bright and full of humor. Jane’s nephew, James-Edward, found her very attractive. She had full round cheeks, a small nose and a small mouth, and hazel eyes that shined brightly. Her brown hair curled and formed perfectly around her face (Tomalin 108-109). And according to her niece Caroline, Jane’s face is the first to come when remembering something pretty (Laski 76).

Jane Austen made her entrance into the world on December 16th of 1775. She was baptized by her own father, but her official baptism took place the following year on April 5th (Myer 3). Though she attended church, Jane as well as her father found it unnecessary to be serious within its walls. On occasion her father would seek her help to put in entries inside the parish’s registry, such as weddings. To spice up the fun, Jane made a wedding entry where she was the bride and her husband was a man named Edmund Arthur William Mortimer from Liverpool. To show his acceptance of this fun, her father allowed these entries to be seen by all the parish members (Cecil 50). However, Jane never did marry, but it is not say to that she was never proposed to. The lad that Jane caught eyes for was Harris Bigg-Wither of Manydown. Jane and her sister, Cassandra were guests at their house for the winter season. During their stay Harris had proposed to Jane during the night and she eagerly accepted. However, by morning Jane spoke to Harris, declining his proposal (Laski 54). Even though Jane never married she did know this, “Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony” (“Jane Austen Books”).

Jane grew up with six brothers and one sister, so from the very beginning Jane and her sister, Cassandra became fast companions (Cecil 42). When Cassandra was nine and Jane was seven, it was time for Cassandra’s education to begin, but the girl’s father did not see himself as a qualified teacher for his daughters. Therefore, Cassandra had to be sent away to receive her education. Nevertheless, Jane was not about to be left behind. “‘If Cassandra’s head had been going to be cut off,’ declared their mother, ‘Jane would have hers cut off too’” (Myer 33). Therefore, in 1783 the two girls, along with their cousin, Jane Cooper, were sent to a woman named Mrs. Crawley. Mrs. Crawley was unfriendly and none of the girls liked her in the least. After some time, tragedy struck. Cassandra and her sister Jane fell ill with a high fever. Sadly, Mrs. Crawley refused to inform the girl’s parents. In the end, it was Jane Cooper who sent a letter to her own mother who then informed Mrs. Austen. Immediately the two mothers left home to collect their daughters.

Arriving at home, Jane became extremely ill and was facing deaths door; however, Jane was able to overcome the illness. The following year the Austen’s sent their girls to a new school instructed by Mrs. Latournelle. Here, the girls were more at peace and happy with their position. Each day was spent with at least three hours of lessons while the rest of the day was spent chatting away and relaxing outdoors. As Jane once stated, “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment” (“Jane Austen Books”). The girls were even allowed to leave the grounds when their brothers or friends came to whisk them away for some pleasured fun (Cecil 43-44).

As Jane was a writer herself she had respect for a few authors of her time. She read novels of Fielding and Richardson, History of England by Goldsmith, Sherlock’s Sermons and Blair’s Rhetoric. She was exceptionally devoted to poetry written by Cowper. Often the whole family would gather together and read aloud to one another for pleasure. Not only was she a vivid reader she was also an actress. The house barn had been turned to a theater putting on The Rivals originally performed by Sheridan and then Matilda originally performed by Thomas Franklin. It became a regular occurrence to put on a play during the holidays when the whole family was together (Laski 25-27).

In the year of 1817, the middle of May, Jane had symptoms that the local doctor could not explain. On May 24th Jane and her sister Cassandra left for Winchester to see a doctor called Lyford. The doctor proscribed a treatment forcing her to stay at Winchester. She hardly had any pain, but she continued to grow weaker with each passing day. She was cheerful and still had a good sense of humor. Cassandra was constantly by her side. In July, Jane was once again facing deaths door. On July 18th, 1817, wrapped in her sister’s loving embrace, Jane passed from this world with a sweet calm enveloping her face. Cassandra gently closed her eyes and said her last goodbye. On July 24th, 1817 Jane was buried at the Winchester Cathedral (Cecil 195-198).

On the outside, people saw one side of this bright and intelligent young lady, but it was the inside and what she put on paper that truly made her famous. In the year of 1795, Jane began writing a novel called Elinor and Marianne later to be known worldwide as Sense and Sensibility. Near the end of 1796, it was fit enough for Jane to read to her family. The same year, she began writing another novel called First Impressions, later to be known worldwide as Pride and Prejudice. Around the year of 1798, Jane began writing another novel called Susan, later to be known worldwide as Northanger Abbey. Between the years of 1795 and 1798 as Jane was writing out these novels an attempt to publish Pride and Prejudice under the title First Impressions was made. However, the attempt was only futile and the young author became discouraged (Laski 48-52).

Nevertheless, Jane never stopped writing. In 1811, Jane had finished writing Elinor and Marianne, giving it a new title commonly known as Sense and Sensibility. At the beginning of this year she also began writing her novel Mansfield Park (Laski 78). In November of the same year, Sense and Sensibility was released by an author known as A Lady; Jane states herself why her book was not published under her name, “A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can” (“Jane Austen Books”). Between 700 and 1,000 copies of the book were sold in just twenty months (Laski 82). While she was working on Mansfield Park, her next book that was ready to be published was First Impressions, changing the title to Pride and Prejudice. By 1813, Pride and Prejudice was released to the public stating that it was by the same author as Sense and Sensibility, still keeping her identity a secret. Pride and Prejudice sold about 1,500 copies (Laski 84-85).

On January 21, 1814 she began writing the book I fell in love with, Emma. She had the idea of picking out a female character that was close to her own personality (Laski 96). In May of 1814, Mansfield Park was released to the public. It was known as the author of both Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. It sold about 1,500 copies in six months (Laski 94). August of 1815 brought a new story idea to Jane, so she began another novel called Persuasion (Laski 108). December of 1815 brought about the publication of Emma. About 2,000 copies of the book were sold, half of that in one year (Laski 105). Sadly two of Jane’s books were published after her death. Her brother, Henry, took it in his charge to get Northanger Abbey and Persuasion published. The two books appeared together in December of 1817 and sold about 2,500 copies. It was then Henry revealed Jane Austen as the author of the famous books written by A Lady (Laski 121).

Years later Jane is remembered as one of the greatest writers. In 2002, she was voted number 70 on a list of 100 famous British people. However, she was first famously noticed in the 1920’s when other famous writers began looking into her writings. By doing so, her fame increased to the point that a fan club was started under the name, The Janeites. Four out of six of her books were made in to movies: Emma, though I must say I have not yet found a good rendition of the movie, Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park, starring Billie Piper (Bio.com).

In an interview with David Shapard, David was asked why he believes that, after so many years, Jane Austen still speaks to us today through her books. David replied by saying, “With her you have well-constructed plots, brilliantly delineated characters, interesting and profound themes, and superb language…people, in giving their reasons, have cited, among other things, her comedy, her poignant romances, her keen insight into human psychology, her careful depiction of society, and her moral messages…Her focus is on basic matters that people always have to deal with, whom to marry, how to relate to other people, how to judge right and wrong, how to cope with the difficulties of life. Her characters personality traits, feelings, relationships, and moral dilemmas are all ones that are still frequently found today, so the insights and lessons presented in her novels can still ring true today” (“Jane Austen in Vermont”). Though Jane Austen had a life outside of her world of books, it is from these books alone that made her famous to this very day as her books do continue to sell. And as my dream is to become a writer, I hope one day that I too will be famous even beyond my time through the words I have written on paper.

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Jane Austen Speech

I had to write a speech/presentation on what I was writing on for my research paper. I hate speaking in front of people and was really nervous. And everything I kept coming up with didn’t sound good. So, I wrote a poem instead. My Professor even asked for a copy of it. This was a graded assignment, I got 23 out of 25 points. Not bad!

Who Am I?

I was born in the month of December on one of the coldest nights.

The year was 1775 of the 20th century.

I was baptized by my father the night I was born.

I have six brothers and one sister.

Who Am I?

My looks have been lost over the years after my death.

Some say I am ugly while others believe I am pretty.

I have hazel eyes and hair that curls perfectly around my face.

Some say I am doll like.

Who Am I?

I have a good sense of humor and love to have fun.

I make up pretend weddings inside my church.

I chat and gossip with my sister on the school grounds.

I am an actress with my siblings putting on plays.

I am also a reader.

Who Am I?

I never did marry, though I did know of the consequences.

Nevertheless, I was proposed to.

I nearly died when I was just seven years old.

 My sister is my closest and lifelong friend.

She was there when I died, holding me in her embrace.

Who Am I?

I am a writer.

I have written six books.

Four of them were made into movies.

Thousands of them were bought and sold, but I never became rich.

I have my own fan club.

Who Am I?

Some of my books were never published.

Some were failed attempts.

I got discouraged, but never gave up.

Three of my books were given different titles once they were published.

Who Am I?

Have you guessed who I am?

Perhaps, perhaps not.

I am most known for my books not for my life outside of the paper.

Who Am I?

I am Jane Austen, a Georgian Era Author.

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It had been a week since the plan landed.

All she did was eat and sleep.

No one bothered her and she was okay with that.

She had a rather large room to herself.

Meals were always left mysteriously on the round table in her room when she was not looking.

Most nights she would cry herself to sleep, worrying about him.

She had no clue that he was only yards away from where she was sitting.

Looking out the window she could not see him.

However, he could see her.

If only she knew, then she could sleep at ease.

But he could not reveal himself, not just yet.

To keep her safe that was the key.

As well as himself.

(TBC)

Update on Me

I realize it has been a while since I last updated my blog.

First, off I am doing fine and so is my (our) long distance relationship. Things were a little rough, but what relationship isn’t. We still text, but we haven’t called or Skyped in a while. Guess I did need to get on that. However, we also continue to letter write. There is just something to say about writing my thoughts down and sending it out. And then receiving his thoughts. I look forward to the mailman coming just as much as the next dog.

Inspired by my friend I am going to share a few book thoughts as well as movie thoughts.

I have read 17 books since the beginning of the year, not as much as I read last year. I’m working on it though. I just finished the “InkHeart” Trilogy! The series was very good, but Fenoglio was SO getting on my nerves. Just because he wrote the book and was later put in it, does not mean that he can control every turn to be made. Farid was a good character and I must admit I was sad when Meggie left him for Darious. But Darious was a good character himself and I think the two will get along better. And of course the book ends with a new character, the son of Mo. The author should consider a new series with the son writing himself into the world his family came from. I wish I had the ability to read myself into any book that I wanted and play a part from the book. Or just make one up. Alas, the closest I get is reading it and imagining the pictures inside my head.

Lately I have been listening to The Letter Black. Some of there music is a little heavy, but I am really enjoying it. Its the closest I will get to screamo music. And that’s only in a couple songs. I totally forgot about Peter Hollens, but I re-found him on Spotify. I have been listening to him non stop for the past two days. Which reminds me, I need to re-look up the Gardener Sisters. They are a lot like Peter Hollens when it comes to their music.

School is going good…actually its going great! I have all A’s and one B so far. That darn B. At least it isn’t a C, could be worst right? I am almost done with Summer classes and then I get to have some fun with my family. But first I have two more papers to turn in. My research paper is due tomorrow. I did it on Jane Austen and I did my last paper on Front Porches. Yes, I finished it already and yes, its on porches. Once you read it, you will understand. For now I have to work on a speech due tomorrow and I have not done it. Not that I haven’t tried. Its just nothing ever sounds good and then there is the fact I have to speak in front the whole class. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Not cool!

Tell me how many books you have read this year alone…I need more books to read and music to listen to.

Argumentative Essay (97 Percent)

Jessica Reidt

T. Powers

English 102

July 5, 2015th

Children First

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, marriage is “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament” (Paul II, 446). Thus, an interreligious marriage such as a Baptist with a Lutheran or a Methodist with a Catholic can draw up difficulties amongst the family as they each have different beliefs. Divorce is known as the separation of a married couple within a marriage. Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is a ceremonial union or marriage like relationship between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. In this century, the children seem to be considered the last priority by many means, but as children are the ones to shape the future; they should be the number one priority in each and every one of these marital decisions. Many couples in a marriage go through their own different kinds of issues.

One of the issues that can arise between the couple is individuals having different religions; such as a Catholic marrying a baptized non-Catholic, say a Methodist. At the beginning of the marriage, everything seems to be going fine. However, the woman gets pregnant, and the problematic decisions arise. Should the child be baptized in a Catholic church or in a Methodist church? Should the child go to a Catholic school or to a public school? Will the child receive his first communion and confirmation when the child reaches that certain age? One might think that these questions are petty and have easy answers, but I assure you that they are not as I grew up in a similar situation.

My father was a former Catholic, but when he met my mother he was no longer practicing his Catholic faith. My mother was raised in a Protestant church. Over the years, the family of two became a family of eight and attended a Methodist church. Then my father became restless and after a long discussion at the dinner table, we all agreed to try out a new church. This turned into trying a different church every Sunday. Then, my father blew the horn that turned all of our lives upside down; he made the decision that we would be attending the Catholic church across the street! Being only in the seventh grade at the time, I did not foresee what this actually meant for my family. After a few months of attending the Catholic church, my father chose to revert to the Catholic faith. In doing so, home felt like there was a thick smoke in the air waiting to choke us all. My mother was always questionable about what occurred at the mass, bringing about heated discussions and the slamming of doors. At times like these, I would hide in my room I shared with my sister. Together, we would do our best to tune out the voices, playing with our Polly Pockets.

However, my father was not the only one to make a tough decision as my heart too felt the call to enter the Catholic church. I was completely terrified on how they would react; especially my mother. So, in the end, I wrote a letter stating my intentions and slipping it beneath their closed bedroom door. For two days, I moved around the house like an animal waiting to be pounced by its predator. In the end, both of my parents were understanding, but wanted this to be my own choice. I made my choice and converted. Shortly afterwards, my sister did the same. After three long years of non-stop and repeatable questions as well as heated discussions, my mother and youngest brother converted into the Catholic church at Easter Vigil. The tension ceased, and the smoke was lifted.

Am I saying mixed religions should not marry? No! In the end my family worked all of our differences out. In my church, I have seen it work out for other families as well. What I am saying is that the couple must be careful of such situations and seek guidance as the child needs to be put into the equation. However, if an interreligious marriage is not handled carefully one problem can arise between the married couple as well as the children, divorce.

Statistically speaking, divorce rate has gone down 0.13 percent fluctuating as it went since 1991; nevertheless, divorce still exists (Americans for Divorce Reform). In this century, divorce seems to be more of a daily occurrence where the married couples are completely unaware of the damage the divorce is causing their children. According to Furstenberg, “Of all of North-America at least 50 percent of the children will witness the divorce of their parents. Almost half of them will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage (Children-and-divorce).” One child out of a small handful will even witness at least three more marriage breakups between one or both of the parents. These divorces typically happen before the child is eighteen and the child ends up being raised by their mother than by their father. Although the divorce may have occurred when the child was eight and he is now fifteen, the child is still likely to feel unwanted and alone as well as unhappy with where he is in his life even if it is a good situation. (Children-and-divorce)

Emotional and physical damages occur more times than not for a child who is caught up in a divorce. A teenager caught in a divorce is more likely to go see a psychologist than a teenager facing every day issues. According to Robert E. Emery, “Children from divorced homes have more psychological problems, than children from which one of the parents has died (Children-and-divorce).” Children from divorced parents are more at a risk of injuries and headaches as well as speech problems than that of a couple who has remained married. Angel, Worobey, says, “Children of divorced parents are fifty percent more likely to develop health problems than children in two parent families. (Children-and-divorce).” Children who are living with both biological parents are certain to be healthier than those from a divorce family. Some dangerous physical and emotional acts that can occur is the molestation of a child in a single parent home or even the use of drugs. In a home where the child is raised by a woman he is more likely to be hurt physically or even to be murdered. (Children-and-divorce)

A child from a divorced family is more likely to have relationship problems with their friends and peers at school. They intend to be more violent and rough when engaging with others. In this case, boys can be more violent than the girls. An adult who grew up in a divorce family is more likely to attempt suicide than a child from a non-divorce home. More children that drop out of high school are those from a divorce home resulting in the fact that less children from a divorce home go on to college. (Children-and-divorce)

One of the biggest issues for a child from a divorce home is that home life is bounced from one week at one parent’s house and the next week at another parent’s house. Or the week at one and the weekend at the other. As I had nannie two boys in this exact situation, I found it very risky for the children themselves. One boy lived with his dad and step mom for one week and the next week he would spend it at his mom’s. The other boy would spend one week with his mom and step dad while the next week he would spend it at his dad’s. Watching them, I noticed that they were very rough with each other, more so than my four brothers. When one would hurt the other, either by accident or on purpose they showed each other no remorse for their actions. The youngest boy often got sick with the allergies or the common cold. The shows they liked to watch were far too violent for children their age and considering their situation, Power Rangers and Thor were not the best options for them to watch. As far as rules were considered, they were a little mixed up about them. One mom or dad would say yes, but the other mom or dad would say no; therefore, throwing me into the mix threw them off completely. In a situation like this, the children truly need to be considered the number one priority.

However, though the child may have access to each parent, one week here, one week there, there is still that long gap in between each visit. In such a situation, if the child had a question for the other parent he would have to make a phone call. This is far different from calling a parent when they are away on a short term business trip or away visiting family. Furthermore, it is hard on the child when one parent fails to continue to be present physically in his everyday life.

Therefore, another big issue that divorce marriages (a divorce where the child ends up with one parent and he or she does not remarry) as well as gay marriages have in common, is the fact that only one of the parents is in the child’s everyday life. Where is the father? Or, where is the mother? The truth of the matter is only one is present in these types of situations. A young man, in an article written by Robert Oscar Lopez, who was raised by two moms and speaking on behalf of adults who were raised in the same way states, “Still, they described emotional hardships that came from lacking a mom or a dad. (LifeSiteNews)” There are many things each child can learn from a mom, but cannot learn from a dad and Vis versa. I would want to go to my mother for such matters as dating, shaving, shopping for clothes and undergarments and just plan girl talk. Growing up with four brothers, I know for a fact that boys deal with the same matters; however, they would much rather talk to their father than with their mother.

The couple of a gay marriage may love their children dearly, perhaps even more so than a couple from a non-gay marriage; however, they still cannot provide the child with the most wonderful thing in the world a mother and a father as well as the love they provide. “It’s disturbingly classist and elitist for gay men to think they can love their children unreservedly after treating their surrogate mother like an incubator, or for lesbians to think they can love their children unconditionally after treating their sperm-donor father like a tube of toothpaste (LifeSiteNews).” Coming from a family with five adopted children, I know that the children, in the end, will want to meet the other person who helped create them and brought them into this world.

Not only do divorce and gay marriages cause these occurrences in the child, but also adoption, and sex held outside of marriage; where the man leaves the pregnant woman to raise the child on her own or forcing her to give the child up because she cannot take care of him on her own.  A child thrown into either of these categories becomes estranged to events that occur yearly. Such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day for a child from a divorce family or from a gay marriage family (LifeSiteNews). As well as parent’s day at school or the father/daughter dances. For those who are adopted, they become confused and lost believing that who they are is a lie and they need to go find themselves. Doing a project at school such as your family tree; which family do they chose they wonder. Their adopted family or the family they know nothing about? They too get caught in the cross fire of not being put first.

As one can see, the child is not seen as the number one priority. People always say, that the past was the past, so move on. The future is far from the now, so there is no need to worry about what is going to come five years from now. In cases like this, we need to learn from the mistakes we saw as a child growing up when it came to sex, marriage, and divorce, looking at ourselves and those around us. We also need to plan out very carefully not only for ourselves, but most importantly for the well-being of the child. As adults we can bounce back quicker than a child can. Parents want to see their children become something, make something of themselves: a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, or a military officer. However, this is not always possible when children are not considered first. As children are the ones to shape the future, whether the relationship is a marriage with a man and a woman, a marriage with two men or two women, an interreligious marriage, or a divorced couple, the children should be the number one priority in each and every one of these marital decision.

Works Cited

Americans for Divorce Reform. Divorcestatistics. Divorcestatistics. Web. 8 June 2015. Children-and-divorce. 2013. Web. 8 June 2015

Lopez, Robert Oscar. “Not all children raised by gay parents support gay marriage: I should       know, I’m one of them.” LifeSiteNews. LifeSiteNews, 3 June 2013. Web. 8 June 2015.

Paul II, Pope John. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd ed. New York; Doubleday, 1995. Print.

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It was getting ready to take off and he only had moment to hop on.

But where? And how was he not to be seen?

Somehow he would have to end up inside the plan for he was sure she was in it.

Soon it would high in the sky and out of his reach forever.

She would be gone forever.

He would not lose her again!

Feet slapping on the ground and his heart pounding he ran down the sandy hill.

He ducked when he could as not to be seen.

At the fence he quickly put his hands to work and dug a hole small enough for him to get through.

On the run way he hesitated, not sure what to do next.

Thinking…looking…listening.

He ran towards the belly of the plan and found a small hatch.

He backed up. Ran forwards. Jumped!

Arms stretched out above him he grabbed the sides and pulled himself up.

Inside it was dark and cold.

Bags and heavy bins surrounded him.

Hearing a noise he dived under some bags and held his breath.

The hatch was closed and he was now on the plane.

His stomach lurched with the take off.

They were now both in the air.

(TBC)

Beach Day

Today, I had fun and went to the beach with a couple friends of mine. The water was freezing,so we didn’t go into the water except to stick our feet in. Though Kristen went in about knee deep. Ten points for her. I must say, hanging out with those two was very refreshing and a nice way to end my slump and begin something new. What ever new that is.

It was just nice to hear the waves wash up against the shore and listen to the seagulls call out to one another. We talked about our favorite shows…which reminds me, I need to text Claire some of the shows I watch. Its a good way to pass the time as she says. She was so sweet to pay for the parking, pointing out that I did all the driving. No big deal, I enjoy the driving. I’m in control of the speed! We also burred each other’s feet beneath the sand and in the process getting sand all over ourselves. I am sure I still have sand stuck to my feet and some in my hair. I know Kristen does, guess were both in the same boat: we both need to shower.

Hopefully next time we go, we can actually get in the water body and all.

(How are your beach day experiences?)