Awakened a little after 4 a.m. in the morning by the sound of crackling sparks and flames, Samantha Christian noticed flames coming from a portable air conditioner in her bedroom and she sprung into action. She ran to wake her 8 year old brother’s room to wake him after first waking her mother.
As the home filled with black smoke and her mother attempted to put out the flames (unfortunately she was unsuccessful in saving their home and belongings from the fire), Samantha ran back inside to try to wake her 4 year old brother who wouldn’t wake up despite her efforts. She picked her little brother up and carried him outside to safety while their house and belongings were destroyed by the fire.
I don’t think Jane Austen ever lost anyone’s appreciation even as time has gone by and times have certainly changed. If anything, I feel as though women and girls cling to her literature more than ever with tales of true romance, humor without vulgarity, well developed stories and characters (particularly strong willed, happy, thoughtful women), and dignity.
Relying heavily on her own education, the support of her family and her unique talents, Austen wrote dozens of beloved literary classics that have been made into movies, and re-published again and again. I appreciate her for being a woman who, in a time where women were most certainly not considered to bring much to society other than what they could bring in the way of beauty and homemaking skills and made a name for herself despite her lack of husband status. Her works are charming in every way and have certainly provided myself, my mother, my sister, sisters in law, and countless friends with entertainment, encouragement, and joy in reliving them over and over again.
“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands…” – Jane Austen