Listen - Jane Austen's background
was born in ...(1)... 1775 and lived just 41 years until
she died in 1817. They only went to school in fact for 3 years though
we think that a lot of education was probably done by father and
mother at home because both of them had ...(2)... backgrounds.
And it is from this comparatively modest start that she grows up
to be the person who many in England at any rate, would put alongside
Shakespeare and Dickens as one of England’s greatest writers.
- A successful
certainly was unusual for a woman to indulge in a professional skill
such as novel writing though indeed there had been women novelists
before Jane Austen. However, Jane Austen takes the whole development
of novel writing a major ...(3)... forward, in effect all
Jane’s stories involve a highly accurate socio-historical picture
of what was going on around her in her own middle class society
in England at the time.
- Still popular
6: a scape prism
think there are a ...(4)... of factors that come in to her
popularity today because she is without question even today a best
seller. I think that people enjoy the characters, or the character
...(5)... that she describes because they are timeless.
There are characters that are serious, yes, there are characters
who are romantic and there are characters who are absolute comedy.
There’s no doubt about it that if you look around today you could
still find those characters even in modern settings. The other factor
perhaps is a little bit of ...(6).... Everyone knows that
in Jane Austen’s writing you’re in a safe family story. There’s
no unnecessary violence, now and then family accidents but people
generally recover. It’s a safe story which will have a happy ending
- Jane Austen
8: a long side
8: a long sided
By late 1816 she had become ...(7).... The local apothecary
here in Alton had really got no idea but the family knew well a
friend of high repute living in Winchester, Dr Lyford. So in May
1817 Cassandra (her sister) took her to Winchester, they took some
lodgings at number 8 College Street, just ...(8)... the Cathedral
there and Dr Lyford attended her. But sadly there was nothing he
could do and it all took a hold very quickly and she died really
in Cassandra’s arms in the early hours of the 18th July 1817 so
she’s buried in Winchester Cathedral.
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