The Austens at Steventon, Southampton and Chawton seem to have kept the habit of morning and evening prayers .In her letter to her sister, Cassandra dated the 24th October 1808, written when she was looking after her nephews Edward and George Knight, who were staying with her at Southampton after the death of their mother, Elizabeth Knight who had died unexpectedly after giving birth, Jane Austen makes mention of their habit of evening prayers: The habit of saying daily morning and evening prayers, as well as regular sunday attendances at church though out her life meant that Jane Austen would have been wholly family with the text of the Prayer Book, I’m sure you will agree.
The first and most obvious reference, is to the rubrick to the Solemnization of Matrimony service. Knightley.’ I will not promise even to equal the elegant terseness of Mrs. I do not say when, but perhaps you may guess where; — in the building in which N. for better, for worse.” Here you can see the service for the Solmnization of Matrimony from John Baskerville’s Prayer Book of 1761, printed after the accession to the throne of George III( and do note you can enlarge all these pictures by clicking on them): The Solemnization of Matrimony from the 1761 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, printed for Cambridge University Press by John Baskerville " data-medium-file="https://austenonly.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/p1020557.jpg? w=225" data-large-file="https://austenonly.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/p1020557.jpg? w=343&h=457" alt="The Solemnization of Matrimony from the 1761 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, printed for Cambridge University Press by John Baskerville" width="343" height="457" srcset="https://austenonly.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/p1020557.jpg?
She had to suffer something in the way of reproach from those who believed she might have used her genius to greater effect.
But her old friend used to say, “I think I see her now defending what she thought was the real province of a delineator of life and manners and declaring her belief that example and not “direct preaching” was all that a novelist could properly afford to exhibit…How very typical of her to realise that preaching would not influence people, only examples of lives lived well would do, and by making only glancing references to books she obvious considered serious, she did not diminish their worth, or their influence upon her.
w=104" data-large-file="https://austenonly.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/scan.jpeg? w=235" /The Letters of Mrs Lefroy: Jane Austen’s Beloved Friend, Edited by Helen Lefroy and Gavin Turner.
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