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The way we were: the arrival of autumn

As Jane Austen put it, the season is one of "peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness"

By Ian Irvine   October 2019

1817: Jane Austen observes in her last novel Persuasion:

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn—that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness—that season which…

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