Thursday, August 11, 2011

Barbara Pym and Jane Austen's desk

On August 11, 1943, Barbara Pym visited Jane Austen's house. Here is what she recorded:

"Visit to Jane Austen's house... I put my hand down on Jane's desk and bring it up covered with dust. Oh that some of her genius might rub off on me! One would have imagined the devoted female custodian going round with her duster at least every other day."

It seems to me that Barbara Pym got her wish!

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