Posted by Lizard on April 12, 1998 at 06:41:33:
In response to Settled, written by Cheryl on April 09, 1998 at 18:09:55
Nokes' new biography gives us food for thought - Jane's work was perhaps only for her own enjoyment and that of her family and publishing efforts only became really serious after her father's death, when she was forced by economics into serious efforts. Nokes feels that her long Bath silence before this was due, not to some secret unhappiness, but rather to a busy social and family life.
We mustn't forget that the voluntary income from her brothers for the upkeep of the household at Chawton was not always for the pledged amount depending on the various financial circumstances of the brothers. A settled home in the country near to family and friends must have been congenial to her, but what evidence do we have that the previous sojourns at Bath, Southampton etc were not congenial? Just a new point of view upon which we can ponder.
- Bath... Kate 09:31:50 4/15/98 (0)
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