Soon I'll be heading to England for a visit to London, which includes a too-brief pilgrimage to places associated with Jane Austen, including the Jane Austen House Museum, where I'll be taking a writing class after I tour the house. The JAHM has a blog that you can follow and in catching up on the posts, I read one from April that talks about how much making a pilgrimage to Jane's house means to most people who visit (myself included; I can't wait!). One very special surprise, is that some visitors leave a gift or message for Jane that the staff finds later.
"It seems that for many people being in her home is part of an ongoing relationship that they develop with her as not only an author of their favourite books but also as a woman. Recently Isabel and I have found a few gifts and offerings to Jane and the house. I found a carefully made fan of hearts hung on a door handle in The Austen Family room. Each heart has a name of a character from Sense and Sensibility and they rotate to align with different people."
I am definitely going to leave her a note while I'm there. The idea is just too wonderful not to join in.
I have paper - made by hand by me during the 18C Festival at Johns Hopkins I attended this past March:
Isn't it pretty? The best part was jumping up and down on it (wrapped in newspaper) to help dry it out.
My plan is to write a grateful letter to Jane from either Lizzy or Elinor - for the adventure of being in her book, the lessons learned, and the great guy at the end!
Which do you think it should be from?
And what would you leave for Jane if you were visiting her house? Leave a comment; I'm eager to hear.
To read a letter from a visitor left in Jane's bedroom, visit the Jane Austen House Museum blog.