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A Jane Austen significant other: A severe Survey and Reference e-book through F. B. Pinion 1973 Hardcover 342 pages together with Index Macmillian
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The gig was drawn by a single horse; it was all that John Thorpe, Mr Collins, and Sir Edward Denham could afford; the inexpe1·ienced Admiral Croft drove one because it was the easiest form of transport to manage. Much smarter was the curricle, which was drawn by a pair of horses. John Thorpe would have liked one; Willoughby drove lVIarianne Dashwood to Allenham in his; and when Catherine Morland found herself in the curricle with Henry Tilney, she was 'as happy a being as ever existed', just as Jane Austen was when she was driven to London in her brother Henry's (Letters, 305-7).
Immediately opposite, within the fork where the Winchester and Gosport roads meet, was a large pond (Letters, 458). Various improvements had been made for the benefit of the new occupants: A good-sized entrance and two sitting-rooms made the length of the house, all intended originally to look upon the road, but the large drawing-room window was blocked up and turned into a book-case, and another opened at the side which gave to view only turf and trees, as a high wooden fence and hornbeam hedge shut out the Winchester road, which skirted the whole length of the little domain.
Jane promptly expressed a wish to help, and they came to Southamp- Jane Austen's Life 17 ton for a few days before returning to school. Her affection, imagi~ nation, and ingenuity were employed in a sustained effort, both indoors and out, to keep up their spirits. Perhaps the excursion they enjoyed most was rowing upstream to inspect a man-of-war at Northam (see plate facing p. 179). It was at this juncture that Edward offered his mother and sisters the choice of a house near Godmersham and another at Chawton.