April 28th, 2008

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Loving Jane



Gratuitous picture of apple blossom in the garden today, nothing at all to do with Jane Austen.

Yesterday evening I watched Miss Austen Regrets, Gwyneth Hughes' drama about Jane Austen and marriage. This was a very stylish and thoughtful production, based largely on Jane Austen's letters. What a fine actor Hugh Bonneville is! Olivia Williams was very convincing as Jane; she looked clever, as she surely should. I was shocked by how little the character wore. So thin as she was, you'd think she'd be freezing cold yet she was less well covered than her young niece. I was relieved when she put on a shawl. I haven't seen Becoming Jane, so can't compare the two films but I'd take a bet this one was better. I had low expectations, was totally absorbed by it and in tears at the end. So, back to the texts and for anyone who hasn't read it, Claire Tomalin's excellent biography.