What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
After seeing an announcement in a newspaper announcing the marriage of of Mr Gell of Eastbourne to Miss Gill, Jane Austen decided to play on the similarity of their names and write a simple rhyme for the amusement of her family. The poem survives to this day; handwritten, dashed off in a matter of minutes, and is to go on sale for £120,000! That works out at £15,000 a line!
Of Eastbourne, Mr Gell
Feeling perfectly well
Became dreadfully ill
For the Love of Miss Gill.
So he said with some sighs
I’m the Slave of your i.s
Ah! Restore if you please
By accepting my e.s.
Austen wrote the short poem, which previously sold for just £520 in 1979, in 1811. It is being sold by Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers at the ABA International Antiquarian Book Fair at London’s Olympia this week. She may not have made much money from her writing during her lifetime, but her words are certainly worth a huge amount now!
A couple of the editors over at verilymag.com had fun this week finding out how recognisable the words of Lizzy Bennet are. They decided to (virtually) approach users of the online dating app Bumble (deemed the ‘feminist’ dating app) and hold a conversation with them using only quotes from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and mostly those of Lizzy Bennet.
A couple of the men they spoke to recognised the quotes and found them out, but this wasn’t always the case. Here are a couple of the resulting conversations which we rather enjoyed reading:
At the Jane Austen News we wonder what the result might be if men tried doing this using quotes from Mr Darcy… If anyone’s tried it/does try it, do let us know.