Jane was surrounded by the beauty of Hampshire’s lush green countryside for most of her life. In his book Memoir of Jane Austen, James Edward Austen-Leigh (Jane’s nephew) describes the idyllic paths, hedgerows, fields, and scenery Jane knew at Steventon, her home for the first 25 years of her life: “This was the cradle of her genius. These were the first objects which inspired her young heart with a sense of the beauties of nature. In strolls along those wood-walks, thick-coming fancies rose in her mind, and gradually assumed the forms in which they came forth to the world.”
As an adult, Jane traveled to visit friends and family, spent time at her brother Edward Austen Knight’s Godmersham estate in Kent, and lived with her family in Bath for a brief period. Several years after Reverend Austen passed away, Mrs. Austen, Cassandra, and Jane returned to the quiet Hampshire countryside when Edward offered them a small house, rent-free, on his scenic Chawton estate. Though Jane surely had her own share of troubles and sorrows, her everyday life was filled with family, friends, books, visiting, and church.
Give us a thankful sense of the Blessings in which we live, of the many comforts of our Lot; that we may not deserve to lose them by Discontent or Indifference.
Is there any area of your life where you detect discontentment or indifference? Do you sometimes forget thanksgiving?