This year we would like You to choose our weekday readings of Jane Austen’s works!
We would like to invite all our Jane Austen Festival Friends, supporters, and participants to vote on their favourite chapters from Jane Austen’s novels. Below are a few of our favourites, vote to tell us which of these you think represent Austen’s best works.
The readings will take place from 2pm-3pm everyday, Monday 16th to Friday 20th September upstairs in Waterstones, Milson Street.
Emma Chapter 1- In which we are introduced to Emma and her matchmaking ambitions.
“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”
Chapter 9- In which Mr. Elton and Emma exchange riddles.
”My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings, Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease. Another view of man, my second brings, Behold him there, the monarch of the seas! But, ah! united, what reverse we have! Man’s boasted power and freedom, all are flown; Lord of the earth and sea, he bends a slave, And woman, lovely woman, reigns alone. Thy ready wit the word will soon supply, May its approval beam in that soft eye!”
Chapter 13- In which we see Mr. John Knightley being very droll.
“A man,” said he, “must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside, and encounter such a day as this, for the sake of coming to see him. He must think himself a most agreeable fellow”.
Chapter 42- In which a party goes to Donwell to eat strawberries.
“It was a sweet view — sweet to the eye and the mind. English verdure, English culture, English comfort, seen under a sun bright, without being oppressive.”
Chapter 43- In which a picnic is held at Box Hill.
“Emma, I must once more speak to you as I have been used to do: a privilege rather endured than allowed, perhaps, but I must still use it. I cannot see you acting wrong, without a remonstrance. How could you be so unfeeling to Miss Bates? How could you be so insolent in your wit to a woman of her character, age, and situation? Emma, I had not thought it possible.”
Chapter 46- In which we learn that Frank Churchill and Miss Fairfax are engaged.
“He has been here this very morning, on a most extraordinary errand. It is impossible to express our surprise. He came to speak to his father on a subject, — to announce an attachment — ” She stopped to breathe. Emma thought first of herself, and then of Harriet. “More than an attachment, indeed,” resumed Mrs. Weston; “an engagement — a positive engagement. What will you say, Emma — what will anybody say, when it is known that Frank Churchill and Miss Fairfax are engaged; — nay, that they have been long engaged!”
Chapter 49- In which Mr. Knightly proposes to Emma.
“My dearest Emma,” said he, “for dearest you will always be, whatever the event of this hour’s conversation, my dearest, most beloved Emma”