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"Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one" – Augustine Birrell

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As You Wish by Cary Elwes

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The Flight of Gemma Hardy

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“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.” William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

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“Reader, I married him.” Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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“To dispatch one’s friends to a dictionary from time to time is one of the more sophisticated pleasures of life, but it is one that must be indulged in sparingly: to do it too often may result in accusations of having swallowed one’s own dictionary, which is not a compliment, whichever way one looks at it.” ― Alexander McCall Smith, Emma

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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

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You’re still my favorite communication challenged man

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

“We were alone with the quiet day, and his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped”  Henry James
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“If you will forgive me for being personal-I do not like your face” Agatha Christie

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“She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet.” Jane Austen

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Quick Q – what are you doing in August?  Oh, interesting, cancel it.  Because the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. (yes, there is one) is going to have an exhibit called “Will and Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity.”  I know this sounds made up, like someone just opened my head and pulled these things out of my fangirl brain, but it’s a real thing, and I think it sounds amazing.

Do I need to sweeten the pot to get you to fly to what is, in August, essentially a swamp, with 90 degree temperatures with 100% humidity?  Okay, here you go… the shirt (THE SHIRT) that Colin Firth wore to jump into the lake at Pemberley, thereby ruining me for the rest of my life, will be on display.  You’re welcome.  Get packing.

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