Tear Jerker: Jane Austen

  • Double Subverted in her letters. After being confined to the place where single people who weren't expected to marry sat during balls, she wrote to her sister Cassandra about watching all the young ladies in search of a partner for dancing, and "despite the shame of being much older", feeling quite as happy at the time as she did at their age. Then, she comments on how sad she felt to see the ones who had no partner looking sad in "ugly" dresses who "showed their shoulders", unable to appreciate (as she did) a ball without a partner.
  • Upon being asked what she wanted before dying, after thanking almost everyone around her, including her sister-in-law, and leaving some money to a servant on her will, she answered, after bearing it all with kindness and good humour: "Just death."

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