A Jane Austen Companion: A critical survey and reference by F B Pinion

By F B Pinion

A Jane Austen significant other: A serious Survey and Reference ebook through F. B. Pinion 1973 Hardcover 342 pages together with Index Macmillian

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Egerton had decided not to re-issue Mansfwld Park in November 1814, and Henry was now negotiating terms with John Murray. The settlement may have been deferred, for Henry was ill, soon so critically that James Austen and Edward Knight were summoned. As a result of her anxieties and untiring exertions for weeks, Jane's health began to suffer. Henry's severe illness and the attendance of one of the Prince Regent's physicians resulted in an invitation for Jane to visit Carlton House, where the librarian, Mr Clarke, informed her that she was at liberty to dedicate her next work to the Prince.

Transparencies of romantic scenes still bore witness to the taste for the picturesque which had been created by William Gilpin and the novels of Mrs Radcliffe (NIP. xvi). The usual resources of ladies without children in the country, we are told, were the acquisition of attractive furniture and a choice collection of plants and poultry (MP. iv). Elegance and taste in furniture were never higher than at the end of the eighteenth century, but it often took time for young ladies to convince their elders that a change was for the better.

MW. 43, 66); sometimes they were accompanied by outriders or mounted servants in livery. As could be expected, General Tilney drove in state; he had a fashionable chaise and four, postilions handsomely liveried, and 'numerous outriders, properly mounted' (NA. xx). In cities such as Bath and London the sedan chair competed for hire with the hackchaise or hackney-coach. Although it could be exhilarating to drive in a curricle, travel was generally slow. The journey from Devon to London took three days (SS.

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