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 1- In which we are introduced to the Bennet family.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”.
Chapter 8- In which Elizabeth stays at Netherfield to look after Jane, and we hear Darcy’s opinion on accomplished ladies.
“All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading”.
Chapter 13- In which Mr. Collins arrives at Longbourn.
“I hope, my dear,” said Mr. Bennet to his wife, as they were at breakfast the next morning, “that you have ordered a good dinner to-day, because I have reason to expect an addition to our family party”.
Chapter 19- In which Mr. Collins proposes to Lizzy.
“My situation in life, my connections with the family of de Bourgh, and my relationship to your own, are circumstances highly in my favour”.
Chapter 34- In which Mr. Darcy first proposes to Lizzy.
“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you”.
Chapter 43- In which Lizzy visits Pemberley.
“…at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!”
Chapter 46- In which Lizzy hears of Lydia’s elopement.
“Since writing the above, dearest Lizzy, something has occurred of a most unexpected and serious nature”.
Chapter 55- In which Mr. Bingley proposes to Jane.
“You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income”.
Chapter 56- In which Lady Catherine de Bourgh pays a visit to Longbourn.
“Obstinate, headstrong girl! I am ashamed of you!”