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The Watsons

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

This fragment of a novel was written by Jane Austen in 1804 and remained untitled and unpublished until her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh printed it in his A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1871.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 - 2 reviews)

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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