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Austen, Jane: Love and Friendship, v1, 20 Dec 2007

High-spirited satire on the gothic novel and Regency manners from the 14 year-old Jane Austen.

CONTENTS.
Love and Freindship [sic]
Lesley Castle
The History of England
Collection of Letters
Scraps


Here's one of my favourite passages (probably because I live near the river Usk):

“Beware my Laura (she would often say) Beware of the insipid Vanities and idle Dissipations of the Metropolis of England; Beware of the unmeaning Luxuries of Bath and of the stinking fish of Southampton.”
“Alas! (exclaimed I) how am I to avoid those evils I shall never be exposed to? What probability is there of my ever tasting the Dissipations of London, the Luxuries of Bath, or the stinking Fish of Southampton? I who am doomed to waste my Days of Youth and Beauty in an humble Cottage in the Vale of Uske.”
Ah! little did I then think I was ordained so soon to quit that humble Cottage for the Deceitfull Pleasures of the World.
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