Oh Glory! PBS is having another complete Jane Austen night. I have enjoyed every moment of this series. It has been so wonderful. She lived more than 200 years ago and wrote only six novels before she died at the young age of 42 – but what an influence she has had on women … and English literature … and drama … and even the Internet. When I first discovered the Internet, almost a decade ago, the first genre of web sites I encountered was the Jane Austen type of fan clubs that existed to celebrate every nook and cranny of Jane’s England. For now, I’m off to watch the tellie – to see the galloping horses, the lovely English dancing and the charming young ladies and men, the exquisite costumes, and the English countryside.
“We all have our best guides within us, … if only we would listen.” It was a good lesson 200 years ago, and it is a good lesson still.