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A Jane Austen significant other: A severe Survey and Reference publication by means of F. B. Pinion 1973 Hardcover 342 pages together with Index Macmillian

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He then suggested that she might dedicate her next novel to Prince Leopold (to whom he had just been appointed chaplain and private English secretary), and hinted that a historical romance relating to the 'august house of Cobourg' would be of great interest to the public. The first proposal 1 Benjamin Lefroy was the youngest son of the friend of Jane Austen who was killed in 1804. His father, rector of Ashe from 1783 to 1806, w11s succeeded, first by his eldest son, then, in 1823, by Benjamin. 22 A Jane Austen Companion of this self-important counsellor contributed not a little to Jane's delightful burlesque in summary form which she described as a 'plan of a novel, according to hints from various quarters' (see Appendix 2, pp.

The house where the Austens lived, usually referred to as Chawton Cottage, stands opposite the junction of these two roads, and Jane soon became accustomed to the sound of coach traffic at intervals. In time she grew familiar with Yalden's coach, and vehicles crowded with boys and luggage travelling to or from Winchester School; on 8 July 1816, she watched 'a countless number of postchaises' pass by, full of them - 'future heroes, legislators, fools, and villains'. The house, it was 18 A Jane Austen Companion thought, had been built as a posting-inn.

Almost twenty years later the Duke of Wellington and Lord Winchilsea decided to settle a question of 'honour' in the same old-fashioned style. Careers for the sons of the landed gentry were limited. , 38 A Jane Austen Companion like Sir Thomas Bertram. Younger sons could enter the army or navy; in the latter their fortune, when the country was at war, depended on how many 'prizes' they captured. Another opening was the Church. Livings were bought by the wealthy, mainly as an insurance for sons or other relatives.

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