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.
Chapter 2- In which Fanny Price arrives at Mansfield Park and begins forming an attachment to Edmund.
“Edmund’s friendship never failed her… In return for such services she loved him better than anybody in the world except William: her heart was divided between the two.”
Chapter 4- Mr. Rushworth appears, and well as Mr and Miss Crawford.
“Mr. Rushworth was from the first struck with the beauty of Miss Bertram, and, being inclined to marry, soon fancied himself in love.” “Miss Crawford was glad to find a family of such consequence so very near them, and not at all displeased either at her sister’s early care, or the choice it had fallen on. Matrimony was her object, provided she could marry well: and having seen Mr. Bertram in town, she knew that objection could no more be made to his person than to his situation in life. While she treated it as a joke, therefore, she did not forget to think of it seriously. The scheme was soon repeated to Henry.”
Chapter 13- In which John Yates first appears.
“The Honourable John Yates, this new friend, had not much to recommend him beyond habits of fashion and expense, and being the younger son of a lord with a tolerable independence; and Sir Thomas would probably have thought his introduction at Mansfield by no means desirable.”
Chapter 15- In which our main characters decide to put on Lover’s Vows.
Mr. Rushworth stepped forward with great alacrity to tell him the agreeable news. “We have got a play,” said he. “It is to be Lovers’ Vows; and I am to be Count Cassel, and am to come in first with a blue dress and a pink satin cloak, and afterwards am to have another fine fancy suit, by way of a shooting–dress. I do not know how I shall like it.”
Chapter 24- In which Henry Crawford makes plans to fall in love with him.
“Henry Crawford had quite made up his mind by the next morning to give another fortnight to Mansfield, and having sent for his hunters, and written a few lines of explanation to the Admiral, he looked round at his sister as he sealed and threw the letter from him, and seeing the coast clear of the rest of the family, said, with a smile, “And how do you think I mean to amuse myself, Mary, on the days that I do not hunt? I am grown too old to go out more than three times a week; but I have a plan for the intermediate days, and what do you think it is?” “To walk and ride with me, to be sure.” “Not exactly, though I shall be happy to do both, but that would be exercise only to my body, and I must take care of my mind. Besides, that would be all recreation and indulgence, without the wholesome alloy of labour, and I do not like to eat the bread of idleness. No, my plan is to make Fanny Price in love with me.”
Chapter 26- Preparations for the ball, and Fanny is in a dilemma over which necklace to wear.
“You must think of somebody else too, when you wear that necklace,” replied Miss Crawford. “You must think of Henry, for it was his choice in the first place. He gave it to me, and with the necklace I make over to you all the duty of remembering the original giver. It is to be a family remembrancer. The sister is not to be in your mind without bringing the brother too.”
Chapter 46- In which Fanny hears from a newspaper that her cousin has eloped.
“Fanny read to herself that “it was with infinite concern the newspaper had to announce to the world a matrimonial fracas in the family of Mr. R. of Wimpole Street; the beautiful Mrs. R., whose name had not long been enrolled in the lists of Hymen, and who had promised to become so brilliant a leader in the fashionable world, having quitted her husband’s roof in company with the well–known and captivating Mr. C., the intimate friend and associate of Mr. R., and it was not known even to the editor of the newspaper whither they were gone.”
Chapter 48- In which our story ends.
“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.”