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The Watsons

The Watsons by Jane Austen
By: (1775-1817)

"The Watsons" by Jane Austen is a delightful and engaging novel that explores themes of social class, family dynamics, and the constraints placed on women in Regency-era England. The story follows the Watson family, particularly the protagonist Emma Watson, as they navigate societal expectations and relationships.

Austen's witty writing style and sharp observations on human nature shine through in this unfinished work, leaving readers curious about the fate of the characters and longing for a more definitive conclusion. The novel's exploration of themes such as independence, love, and societal norms is both timeless and thought-provoking.

While some may be disappointed by the incomplete nature of the story, "The Watsons" remains a compelling and engaging read that showcases Austen's talent for creating complex and relatable characters. Fans of Austen's other works will undoubtedly enjoy this lesser-known gem from the acclaimed author.

Book Description:

This fragment of a novel was written by Jane Austen in 1804 and remained untitled and unpublished until her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh printed it in his A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1871. The title is from him.

Mr Watson is a widowed clergyman with two sons and four daughters. The youngest daughter, Emma, has been brought up by a wealthy aunt and is consequently better educated and more refined than her sisters. But when her aunt contracts a foolish second marriage, Emma is obliged to return to her father’s house. There she is chagrined by the crude and reckless husband-hunting of two of her twenty-something sisters.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 15, 2017
Subject: be aware
This is an unfinished work and if you get disappointed about not knowing he end of a book...don't start this! Sadly only enough to get your interest Good reading and good book (Austin's usual) as far as it goes.
Reviewer: - December 26, 2013
I so agree with the first review! What a loss that this was not finished!!! What happened with the other relationships, her dear older sister Miss Watson, the early budding friendship with Miss Edwards. I just love to hear the gentle turning of thoughts expressed by Jane Austen. It certainly is a human loss for us on this side of eternity!
Reviewer: - March 15, 2013
What a shame that this was not finished. It had massive promise to be another great novel of Jane Austin

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