A lovely quote, by one of my favorite authors... It’s hard to believe that one of England’s most amazing novelists, Jane Austen was never publicly acknowledged as a writer during her lifetime. At the time, all her books were published anonymously. She began writing stories, plays and poetry when she was just 12 years old. By the age of 23, Jane had written preliminary drafts for the novels that later became Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. Her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, was credited "By a Lady." Her next book, Pride and Prejudice, was credited to "The Author of Sense and Sensibility." So dear were those characters to her, that she continued to imagine how their lives evolved long after she finished a novel, and for the rest of her life.
As romantic as she was on paper, in her own life, Jane Austen never married, but she once accepted a marriage proposal from the wealthy brother of a close friend, but subsequently turned him down the following day after realizing that she didn't love him. As difficult as that may have been, I 'd have to say Jane must have found comfort in making that paramount decision.
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
― Jane Austen
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