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‘It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged’: The Tedette’s Jane Austen Book Club

“It is a truth universally acknowledged,
that whenever a book club chooses a subject to read,
someone will bring the wrong book.”

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Dear fellow baffled readers,

It is grand to see so many bears reading books when no-one is looking. Here’s our bunch again enjoying Jane Austen novels, including Emma, Mansfield Park , Northanger Abbey,  Sense and Sensibility , Women Who Run With the Wolves ..  What?  Wolves? What has Professor Caddy brought along?

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You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

‘I Must Keep My Own Style’. The Tedettes Jane Austen Bookclub

The Tedettes are thrilled to find a letter written by their heroine in 1815. It’s to the personal librarian of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Fancy having a personal librarian!

The prince was the Regent. That means he was the king in disguise.  At the time the King himself was not being allowed to do any king-ing. And although the Prince was doing all the king-ing instead, he was not allowed to call himself King. It was all a bit of a muddle.

Known as the ‘Prince of Pleasure’, he liked good things, especially food and drink, and nice colours and grand books – just like us bears really, and, and he was very plump. Again, like us bears.BearsreadBooksAusten4 small 2084

Among the Good Things he admired were Jane Austen’s novels. As a mark of his regard he invited her to inspect his London residence, Carlton House, although as it happened wasn’t there that day, due to his getting plumper somewhere else.

So, Miss Austen was shown about by Mr Clarke, the personal librarian. Mr Clarke conveyed the Royal Desire that she dedicate her next novel, Emma, to his Princely Regent-ness.  Miss Austen was not keen because she did not like the Prince’s way of king-ing. But, mindful of the proprieties, she did so.

Later the Regent, through Mr Clark, also suggested she write “an historical romance, illustrative of the august house of Coburg” to come out in time for the marriage of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coberg to the Prince’s daughter, Charlotte.

Most writers of the day would have jumped at the chance to gain favour. But Jane Austen sent this devastatingly polite reply.

To the highest man (or bear) in the Kingdom, she says, “No”.

“No, I must keep to my own style and go my own way”.

This text is from a book called Great Letters of History.  And you can learn a lot about the Regent from The Prince of Pleasure and His Regency, by JB Priestly – who himself was a sort of bear too.

Bafflingly, bears, if you search on the Inter-Webs for the words ‘Prince of Pleasure’ you will find lots of books where the gentlemen seem to have … errrr … mislaid their shirts. And sometimes the gentlemen, who are not plump at all, seem to be mislaying other clothes all over the place. Just so you know.

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You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

The Tedettes Jane Austen Book Club finds Jane’s History of England

The Tedettes are fascinated by Jane Austen’s History of England, written when she was 16 years old. Bearsreadbooksausten 3 small

Cassandra Austen illustrated the pages. People entertained themselves this way, bears. There were no Bright-Box-Things to stare at!

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Jane and Cassandra had strong favourites among the kings and queens. They were very stern about those they disliked.

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The Tedettes’ copy is a facsimile version brought out by Folio Books. You can see Miss Austen’s own handwriting. A book perhaps more easy for you to find contains this History and other writings of the young Jane Austen, and is called “Sanditon, Lady Susan, & The History of England : The Juvenilia and Shorter Works of Jane Austen“.

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You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

The Tedette’s Jane Austen Book Club entangled in plots and knitting

Fellow baffled ones,

Our Tedettes are intrigued by Jane Austen and her times. Inspired, some attempt flower arranging. Others learn more about the great writer’s life.

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Hilda-Bear arrives, showing how bonnets can be done.

In the words of the esteemed hummer, Wooly Bearsworth  ..

“And cometh Hilda-Bear:

Not in entire timeliness,

And not without a bonnet,

But trailing strands of knitting

Does she come .. “

At Mawson Bear’s web den bears, of course, read books. Isn’t reading grand!

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

 

 

The Tedettes Jane Austen Book Club

Dear fellow Baffled Ones,

Over at the Tedettes’ Jane Austen Book Club, confusion reigned over the correct period style of bonnets. No-one seemed to have a clue.

As for wearing the correct period style of spectacles, all hope seemed lost.

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What Jane Austen books are our fellow bears reading when no-one is about? Emma? Pride and Bears.. sorry, Pride and Prejudice? Northanger Abbey? Lady Susan? In the next posts you can see The Teddettes learning more about Jane Austen and the Regency.

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

Bears Read Books: A Humm by Mawson Bear

“Bears alone inside the house,
Plump with stuffing, full of nous.
Tempted by an open book,
Of course those bears will take a look.”

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Happy reading fellow plushies.

Proudly posed by Wurree Bear, Andrew, Bomund, Me, and Lizbeth Bear. You will see all my fellow books in my next books of ponders.

Octopus And Family by Annabelle Lee and Its A Bright World To Feel Lost In by Me, Mawson, are published by Odyssey Books.

“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps),  and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

A gift book by a bear for yourself and friends

Hello fellow baffled ones,

I was just sitting on my cushion pondering about Things.

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Oh, Look. It looks like a gift.

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Could it be for Me, Mawson?

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It is! It is a gift for me. And oh my goodness!

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It’s by me too!

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It’s A Bright World to Feel Lost In, by Me, Mawson
is published by Odyssey Books.

“Like the aroma of freshly baked bread or the sound of your child laughing, Mawson’s simple (but never simplistic) book hits its mark in a way that you will intuitively understand but will not be able to put into words.” Dan Djurdevic, author of the remarkable Mirror Image of Sound.

Where to find it. You can plonk your paw here, or order it through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .