Happy birthday Jane

Oggi 243 anni fa nasceva a Steventon, contea di Hampshire, Miss Jane Austen, i cui romanzi sono stati fondamentali nell’educazione sentimentale di Lady Violet, e probabilmente anche in quella di molti di voi. Jane_Austen_1

La celebriamo con le sue parole, quelle della bellissima lettera d’amore che il Capitano Wentworth scrive ad Anne Elliot in Persuasion.

I am half agony, half hope, si può immaginare un’espressione più appassionata?

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”

Per la traduzione vi rimando a quelle pubblicate da JASIT – Jane Austen Society of Italy, io oggi festeggio il compleanno di Jane iscrivendomi, e voi? http://www.jasit.it/edizioni-italiane/persuasione/

 

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