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Love and Freindship

Jane Austen

Book Overview: 

Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790, when Austen was 14 years old. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child. This is clear even from the subtitle, “Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love,” which neatly undercuts the title.

Written in epistolary form, it resembles a fairy tale as much as anything else, featuring wild coincidences and turns of fortune, but Austen is determined to lampoon the conventions of romantic stories, right down to the utter failure of romantic fainting spells, which always turn out dreadfully for the female characters.

In this story one can see the development of Austen’s sharp wit and disdain for romantic sensibility, so characteristic of her later novels.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Janetta. "That he certainly adores you (replied Sophia) there can be no doubt—. The Attachment must be reciprocal. Did he never gaze on you with admiration—tenderly press your hand—drop an involantary tear—and leave the room abruptly?" "Never (replied she) that I remember—he has always left the room indeed when his visit has been ended, but has never gone away particularly abruptly or without making a bow." Indeed my Love (said I) you must be mistaken—for it is absolutely impossible that he should ever have left you but with Confusion, Despair, and Precipitation. Consider but for a moment Janetta, and you must be convinced how absurd it is to suppose that he could ever make a Bow, or behave like any other Person." Having settled this Point to our satisfaction, the next we took into consideration was, to determine in what manner we should inform M'Kenrie of the favourable Opinion Janetta entertained of him.... We at length agreed to acqu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Letter The FIRST is from
Mrs. M Faerie to M. Goodreads
Janry 1st -- 2016

My Dearest M. Goodreads,

I write this to you not in praise of a worthy book - though it is indeed worthy - but instead as a dire warning. I cannot in good conscience give you this warning beforehand, instead, for you to fully under

Though uneven of course, "Love and Freindship [sic]," an epistolary story, is hilarious with its constant mentions of sensibility, its unnecessarily despised fathers, and the young-lady heroines who are also petty thieves. (Oct 3, 2012)

Who changed the spelling of the title? (And I mean the cover of

“She was nothing more than a mere good-tempered, civil and obliging Young Woman; as such we could scarcely dislike her -- she was only an Object of Contempt.”

~ Rating- 4 stars ~

Content/ Trigger Warnings- Death of a loved one, Fainting

-No mention of these in the review-

Love and Friendship

In order to enjoy this book, you have to know a few things. First, Jane Austen wrote this compilation of short stories between the age of 11-18 to entertain her family. The main stories were written when Jane was 14-15 years old. Moreover, the "Laura" story was written as a parody of the romantic no

Obra juvenil da querida Jane.
Gostei, fiquei surpreendida pela "maturidade" da escrita, pelo tom burlesco e de sátira aos muitos exageros de sensibilidade exacerbada da época, mas nada mais. Continuo a preferir a "minha" Jane mais adulta.

NOTA - 05/10

4 Estrellitas para éste libro de relatos cortos de Jane Austen. Es el que me quedaba pendiente de su obra, y gracias a la última colección de RBA ya tengo todo lo publicado de ella.

Pero leyendo este volumen, he ido recordando algún relato que también incluye una edición publicada hace años llamada "

Debo confesar que lo he terminado en diagonal

Jack y Alice
Edgar y Emma
Henry y Eliza
La bella Cassandra
Las tres hermanas
Una bella descripción
Amor y Amistad
El castillo de Lesley
La historia de Inglaterra
Una colección de cartas
Fragmentos
Evelyn
Catharine o el cenador

De todos me han gustado Las tres hermanas, Amor y Amistad y El castillo de Lesley.

Grāmata tikai trakākajiem Ostinas faniem - apkopotie bērnu dienu un pusaudža gadu rakstu gabali ir tieši tādi, kādus var sagaidīt (lai arī no izcila talantīga) bērna vai pusaudža. Turklāt ļoti jūtams, ka liela daļa darbiņu tapuši kā parodija un/vai "iekšējie joki" - bet ja tu nezini, ko tieši velk u

I'm sad to say this might be my favorite Austen. I love P&P and S&S, but this bit of juvenalia is a scream. 14 year old Austen parodies the sentimental novels of the time quite deftly. My friend Jean and I loved this book so much in grad school we would sign cards to each other "love and freindship

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