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A Letter to Jane Austen – Part One

Share this: This is part one of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is so that some valuable feedback might be gained.  We hope you might enjoy reading it as much as we did, and that you might share your thoughts in our comments section below.        Nijmegen, Gelderlandshire 13th of November 1816 2016 Dear Jane It is no uncommon occurrence for me to be seen opening a book not written by yourself for the sake of propriety, but hardly have I progressed to chapter two of such a book when I find myself growing increasingly uncomfortable from an anxiousness to replace it by one of your works. How exasperating that I should think it wrong sometimes to be always seen reading the same book or a book by the same authoress! I do, in the end, follow my own inclinations rather than bend to the wishes of others, but only after caring too much about other people’s opinions and patiently putting up with their suggestions to read what they themselves probably have not read. Yet even then I feel the shackles of conventionality, as testified by my continually looking about me when, at length, I have mustered courage enough to go to our library upstairs and choose one of

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