— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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September 29, 2010

It's Elizabeth Gaskell's birthday!



I enjoyed watching Cranford on PBS a year or so ago (Return to Cranford is still on my DVR, saved foe a rainy day), but I fell in love with the book. It was warm, gentle, pure, neeeded comfort reading, and I could tell almost right away that it was a book I would re-read and re-read.


Today, September 29, is the two hundredth anniversary of Mrs. Gaskell's birth, and in case you haven't heard a group of talented bloggers are marking the day with a blog tour. Jane Austen in Vermont is a good place to start, with a long list of resources from books to apps. {Thank you! The Illustrated Cranford is already bookmarked on my computer, ready for whenever I need it.} I was going to turn to Edith Wharton next (when I finish with Jane Austen), but I think Mrs. G. should be the focus of my next reading project. I already know how I'll be celebrating her birthday!

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