Janine, Unfortunately, I keep hitting walls here, but I have managed to finish Pride and Prejudice and have a few questions for you about the Darcy v. Wentworth debate, but they will have to wait. I am still working to see if we can save the base library here before I depart, Anthony
Janine, I am writing with news I don’t want to give you after everything you sent us, but I’m not sure we can keep the base library. Doing my best on putting together a contingency plan. Trying to take some pointers from your boy Darcy or was it Wentworth? I am counting down the days now to leaving, seeing my children Lily and Raf again, and being able to turn on and off lights just because I can, Anthony
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