I have lost a treasure, such a Sister, such a friend as never can have been surpassed,- She was the sun of my life, the gilder of every pleasure, the soother of every sorrow, I had not a thought concealed from her, & it is as if I had lost a part of myself …”
Cassandra Austen to Fanny Knight, 20 July 1817
Throughout her life, Jane Austen was a prolific writer of letters – to her family, friends and acquaintances. Sharing the minutiae of her everyday life, her thoughts and opinions, her wit and her humour.
It seems appropriate on this significant date, exactly 200 years since her passing, to allow Jane to speak of the last few months of her life in Jane’s own words.
LISE RODGERS is an accomplished Melbourne actress whose career has spanned stage, screen and radio. An interest in the world and characters of Jane Austen and a fascination with her letters, is the inspiration behind her series of ‘Jane’ performances. Her most recent presentation at the Collection was “MY EMMA”.
image courtesy of the Jane Austen Museum; https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/letter-cassandra-fanny-july-1817