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Jane Austen News – Issue 150

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What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

A Call to Date Like Jane Austen Would Have 

This week the Jane Austen News came across a lovely article published on Bustle. The article is a call to take a leaf out of the dating playbook (as it were) which was used in Jane Austen’s era. It details some of the old-fashioned ways in which couples used to court one another and grow closer as a partnership.

These were our favourites:

  • Take a long romantic walk together 

“Taking a long romantic walk was all the rage back in Jane Austen’s heyday, and it’s an underrated way to strengthen a bond with someone”

  • Go out dancing

In whatever style you like best!

  • Eat dinner together

It doesn’t have to be a candlelit meal with five courses. Just spending time together in a shared activity is the important thing.

  • Writing love letters

“Texts and emails are fine, too. But throwing in the occasional hand-written note is something that can be a great way to express how you really feel about someone.”

  • Create weekly rituals

“If you don’t already have them, it may be time to create a few daily or weekly rituals that are all your own, just like couples did before life got so busy.”

  • Bond over a board game 

Or a game of bridge with your neighbours. Or perhaps a game of badminton a la Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram.


We thought they sounded marvellous, and we’ll definitely be doing our best to remember to take a few more romantic strolls and write more love letters. Sometimes the old ones and the best ones.

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