Jane Austen born December 16, 1775, during the Revolutionary War in Winchester, England. She was a great writer of mystery romances. — Pride and Prejudice is a good intro because it is short. Sense and Sensibility is the better effort. Emma and the great Persuasion are solid literary efforts with the latter her best. Northanger Abbey is an early work with not much there as it is a copy of Italian novellas of the time. Lady Susan, is her epistolary attempt at replicating Samuel’s Richardson’s novel with Pamela, was failure and can safely be ignored; read Pamela instead. * Mansfield Park is a toss — more appropriate for Austen devotees than of literary value; I have read them all as she is a great favourite.
Jane was quite well educated and home schooled by her father, a minister, who taught her along with her brothers. As a young teen, she went to Oxford where a instructor’s wife taught her and sister Cassandra.
Her ascendant is 17 Sagittarius, a Diploma in the pages of a Bible or the usefulness that comes from recollection, contemplation and deep thought. Her North Node is in Leo is in the 7th house.
In this lifetime, she may not explicitly believe in inner instincts, because her logic and synthesis are well-developed. Her overall goal is to achieve things entirely by their use, however, she has been given the gift of ‘insight’ which she can use when in need … While she has been given some opportunities in this life, she has to achieve them in a methodical method.Dr. Mohan Koparkar, The Nodes Book.
Miss Austen is a Locomotive Planetary Patten. William Hamilton’s Uranus discovered when she was an adolescent which coincided with when she was sent to Cambridge where she contacted typhus and nearly died. Venus in the 10th is a good proxy for her heroines, with herself a semi-sextile away in the 9th watching over from Moon’s vantage point.
There is a wide distinction between a letter and an epistle. The letter is a substitute for a spoken conversation. It is spontaneous, private, and personal. It is non-literary and is not written for the eyes of the general public.
The epistle on the other hand, is in the way of being a public speech–an audience is in mind. It is written with a view to permanence. The relation between an epistle and a letter has been compared to that between a Platonic dialogue and a talk between two friends.
A great man’s letters, on account of their value in setting forth the views of a school or a person, may, if produced after his death, become epistles. Some of these, genuine or forgeries, under some eminent name, have come down to us from the days of the early Roman Empire. Cicero, Plato, Aristotle, Demosthenes, are the principal names to which these epistles, genuine and pseudonymous, are attached .Some of the letters of Cicero are rather epistles, as they were intended for the general reader.
The ancient world–Babylonia, Assyria, Egypt, Rome, and Greece–figures in our inheritance of letters. In Egypt have been discovered genuine letters. The papyrus discoveries contain letters of unknowns who had no thought of being read by the general public.
——-Mary Owens Crowther, The Art of Letter Writing, Doubleday Publishing Co., Garden City, Long Island, New York, c. 1922 available on Gutenberg.