The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Jane Austen’s World blog about the various activities Jane Austen might have enjoyed if she was under stay-at-home orders in a time of social distancing. Enjoy!
As we practice social distancing and spend more time at home, I often think about what Jane would have done under similar circumstances. I can imagine she would miss making morning calls, traveling to visit family and friends, going to church on Sundays, and attending balls where she might dance “nine dances out of ten” (Jane Austen to Cassandra, November 1800).
With what we know of Austen’s home life in mind, I’ve compile a list of activities that I hope will feed the minds, imaginations, and souls of my fellow Janeites. You can read my list of 7 activities here: