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silhouettes of Jane and Cassandra
Jane Austen, Lady Authoress: Biographies
Austen could be insightful, but also ascerbic in her keen observation of her fellow men and ladies . . . There are many quotes from her novels that have taken on a life of their own. Mr. Darcy's words are still often quoted at Regency wedding ceremonies of today and double as source material for tattoos!
Jane's baptismal record
“Jane Daughter of the Revd Mr George Austen Rector of this Parish, & Cassandra his wife was Privately Baptizd Decr 17th 1775 Rec’d into the Church April 5th 1776”
Transcribed from the parish register of baptisms for Steventon parish, in the handwriting of her father Rev George Austen. The Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, ref 71M82/PR2.
Jane Austen's House Museum