Today (December 16) marks your 235th birthday. Happy Birthday, Dear Jane! Or, as I like to say to my friends and family, Happy Day To You! (You don't mind if I liken you to friends and family, do you?) I just wanted to make sure you know how much we're still enjoying your delightful wit and wry humor these days. We know you didn't mean to be such a big deal, but you have this amazing ability to share day to day life regarding friends, family, & romance in ways that still speaks to so many of us today. Well done, kind lady! That's quite a talent that you've got there! (Which must be why I've asked for yet another copy of P&P for Christmas this year. It IS a different edition, I tell you!)
Granted, there have been a few set backs related to your works (Namely mashups--Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. The zombie fighting duo of Darcy and Elizabeth seems to work for most.) Know that it's done out of love. (Well, some love, and a lot of money making schemes....but I think as someone who worried about money and their livelihood throughout most of your life, you can understand.)
Either way, I digress. Today, I raise a copy of P&P in your honor. I will recite to my now sleeping 2 year old the first few paragraphs of the book just as I did to her as she slept in my arms in the hospital when she was born. Whether she likes it or not, she's a Janeite in the making. Happy Thought, indeed!
To you, dear Jane, to you!
|Delightful graphic from Adriana Zardini (JASBRA) to celebrate the day and to celebrate the online party!|
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