Mansfield Park and U.S. Hockey 1980

Dear Anthony, Have received a very lovely thank you communication and happy to report that your requestor was amused by the romance novels and also appreciative of the Silko novel and for the tea and chocolate. Enclosed for your hockey fan please find the book: Boys of Winter, which chronicles the United States ice hockey team’s path to the Olympic gold medal in 1980. And may not have mentioned it but I’m from a hockey town, in fact the 1980 team captain came from our town, and still lives here. If you send me your squad member’s name — will try to obtain an autographed photo for him.

As for Fanny she wasn’t sent away to Mansfield Park because she was a bad child. Many families on the poorer side had many children and they would often send the children away to live with relatives with more money especially if those relatives did not have children of their own. This actually happened in Austen’s own family, one of her brothers was sent to live away and then was adopted by some wealthy cousins. Years later, Jane, her mother and sister Cassandra were able to live on a cottage of one his estates – similar but not exactly like the Dashwoods’ circumstances Sense and Sensibility. Hope you are well, Janine

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#TeamWentworth

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