Old Friends

November 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm (diaries, research) (, , , , , , , , , )

Monday, after sending off a book chapter — and now that it’s two weeks beyond the JASNA AGM, I found myself with nothing that HAD to be done. BUT: I wanted to work, to read and see my dear Smiths & Goslings. Being in the midst of some hunt, I ended up in Emma’s 1828 diary. And a few entries sent me back to the beginning of the year and a complete read-through.

My thoughts came right from the mouth of Sweeney Todd

These are my friends…
Speak to me friend — Whisper,
I’ll listen.
I know, I know — you’ve been locked out of sight all these years…
(My faithful friends)
I’ve come home to find you waiting.

I include this link to Johnny Depp singing this song on YouTube.

I was oh, so happy to welcome back my old friends! It’s been three months of intense work on other things; even my newest diaries — those of Richard Seymour — were barely touched.

And what a treat Emma’s life in 1828 is: she even ended the year reading Emma and getting engaged to James Edward Austen.

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