Thursday, December 16, 2010

The last laugh

Birthday of Jane Austen, born in 1775. She wrote:

"Why do we live? But to make sport for our neighbors and to laugh at them in return."

Jane Austen died July 18, 1817. Two days later her sister, Cassandra, wrote to her friend, Fanny Knight:

"I have lost a treasure, such a sister, such a friend as never can have been surpassed. She was the sun of my life, the gilder of every pleasure, the soother of every sorrow; I had not a thought concealed from her, and it is as if I had lost a part of myself.

"I loved her only too well — not better than she deserved, but I am conscious that my affection for her made me sometimes unjust to and negligent of others; and I can acknowledge, more than as a general principle, the justice of the Hand which has struck this blow."