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 9- In which Marianne falls over and is rescued by a stranger.
“His name, he replied, was Willoughby, and his present home was at Allenham, from whence he hoped she would allow him the honour of calling to-morrow to inquire after Miss. Dashwood”.
Chapter 12- In which Mrs. Jennings discusses the name of the gentleman who is Elinor’s particular favourite.
“Margaret,” said Marianne, with great warmth, “you know that all this is an invention of your own, and that there is no such person in existence.” “Well, then, he is lately dead, Marianne, for I am sure there was such a man once, and his name begins with an F.”
Chapter 18- In which Mrs Dashwood spots that Edward Ferrars wears a ring containing a lock of hair.
“I never saw you wear a ring before, Edward,” she cried. “Is that Fanny’s hair? I remember her promising to give you some. But I should have thought her hair had been darker.”
Chapter 35- In which Lucy Steele arrives to talk with Elinor about her happiness on her being a favourite of Mrs. Ferrars, and Edward Ferrars suddenly arrives.
“I am sure I should have seen it in a moment, if Mrs. Ferrars had took a dislike to me. If she had only made me a formal curtsey, for instance, without saying a word, and never after had took any notice of me, and never looked at me in a pleasant way — you know what I mean, — if I had been treated in that forbidding sort of way, I should have gave it all up in despair. I could not have stood it. For where she does dislike, I know it is most violent.” Elinor was prevented from making any reply to this civil triumph, by the door’s being thrown open, the servant’s announcing Mr. Ferrars, and Edward’s immediately walking in.”
Chapter 37- In which Mrs. Jennings brings news of the secret engagement of Mr. Edward Ferrars and Miss Lucy Steele, and the hysterics into which Mrs. Ferrars fell on hearing about it.
“She fell into violent hysterics immediately, with such screams as reached your brothers ears, as he was sitting in his own dressing-room down stairs, thinking about writing a letter to his steward in the country. So up he flew directly, and a terrible scene took place, for Lucy was come to them by that time, little dreaming what was going on. Poor soul! I pity her . And I must say, I think she was used very hardly; for your sister scolded like any fury, and soon drove her into a fainting fit.”
Chapter 48- In which Edward reveals that he is not, after all, married to Lucy Steele.
“Is Mrs. Ferrars at Longstaple?” “At Longstaple!” — he replied, with an air of surprise. “No, my mother is in town.” “I meant,” said Elinor, taking up some work from the table, “to inquire after Mrs. Edward Ferrars.” She dared not look up; — but her mother and Marianne both turned their eyes on him. He coloured, seemed perplexed, looked doubtingly, and after some hesitation, said — “Perhaps you mean — my brother — you mean Mrs. — Mrs. Robert Ferrars.” “Mrs. Robert Ferrars!” — was repeated by Marianne and her mother, in an accent of the utmost amazement; — and though Elinor could not speak, even her eyes were fixed on him with the same impatient wonder.
Chapter 50- In which we hear about Elinor’s marriage to Edward, and Marrianne’s marriage to Colonel Brandon.
“Colonel Brandon was now as happy as all those who best loved him believed he deserved to be; — in Marianne he was consoled for every past affliction”