Jane’s niece, Marianne Knight, once shared a charming peek into a visit with Jane when she was young: Marianne said her aunt Jane would “sit quietly working beside the fire in the library, saying nothing for a good while, and then would suddenly burst out laughing, jump up and run across the room to a table where pens and paper were lying, write something down, and then come back to the fire and go on quietly working as before.”
From this description, we see that while Jane sat and worked (needlework) quietly, lines, descriptions, and plot ideas for her novels came to her in delightful bursts. And it’s clear that she found her stories and characters just as amusing as we do! But this picture of Jane shows us something else: She had a rich inner life. She went about her daily tasks with a happy spirit. In fact, it was while she sat with her family and sewed that she sometimes found inspiration!
May we now, and on each return of night, consider how the past day has been spent by us, what have been our prevailing Thoughts, Words and Actions during it, and how far we can acquit ourselves of Evil.
Considering your days, what is the prevailing focus of your thoughts, words, and actions? What consumes you?