zaterdag 28 juli 2012

Jane Austen stayed in Lyme with her family in the summer of 1804 and used her impressions of the beautiful little seaside town as background for her novel Persuasion

Pyne House, Lyme Regis, where Jane Austen was thought to have stayed.

Since Jane visited in 1803 there have been alterations to the Cobb and the steps may have been different. 

In Persuasion there is a denouement at the point that Lousia Musgrove falls and cracks her head on the Cobb…….

“There was too much wind to make the high part of the new Cobb pleasant for the ladies, and they agreed to get down the steps to the lower, and all were contented to pass quietly and carefully down the steep flight, excepting Louisa; she must be jumped down them by Captain Wentworth. In all their walks, he had had to jump her from the stiles; the sensation was delightful to her. The hardness of the pavement for her feet, made him less willing upon the present occasion; he did it however; she was safely down, and instantly, to shew her enjoyment, ran up the steps to be jumped down again. He advised her against it, thought the jar too great; but no, he reasoned and talked in vain; she smiled and said, “I am determined I will”: he put out his hands; she was too precipitate by half a second, she fell on the pavement on the Lower Cobb, and was taken up lifeless!” 

Rose on the front door: Blush Noisette

The rose on the front of Jane’s home is looking more beautiful everyday! For those of you asking the name its Rosa Noisette ‘Blush Noise...