Dear Captain Anthony, Completely understand not wanting to upset your sister. You can always tell me whatever you need to say or would like to think out on paper.

Separations are anything but easy. Austen wrote a lot of about them in her letters. Sure it is difficult for you to be so far away from Lilyana, Rafael, your sister, family, friends and all you know that is familiar.

On a completely different note — years ago traveled and visited Bath as part of a larger tour of England. It was lovely but they did not play up the Austen connection. Recently online have read a literary travelogue about how now there is a tourist centre in Bath with a nice tearoom, and themed walking tours. Many of the readers have posted and recommended the tearoom’s scones at the tourist centre and then digressed on why Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, is the most popular Austen hero. Have to say I’m in agreement with many of these younger Janeites who favor Captain Wentworth from Persuasion and have duly started a little movement of their own in creating hashtag: #TeamWentworth.

Enclosed is a copy of Austen’s novel Mansfield Park, which again features this heroine, named Fanny that many Janeites love to discuss and disagree about. This book is also considered by some to be Austen’s most political novel, because she eludes to the war and also to slave trading and the funds associated with it.

Your friend, Janine


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