"Three Sisters" by Jane Austen

Three Sisters by Jane Austen

"Three Sisters" by Jane Austen

Three Sisters, by Jane Austen

To Edward Austen Esquire 
The following unfinished Novel
is respectfully inscribed by
His obedient humble servant
- The Author
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Please enjoy this short story by Jane Austen (age 16-17), noted for its barely restrained visciousness. This short story was written in about 1792, and shows some development of later tropes and characteristics of Jane Austen's works, especially the underlying irony so prevalent in her writings. It is a shame that she did not continue with her work, but instead stopped it only partially complete. It would have been fascinating to see what a young-adult Austen could have produced if she has finished the story and edited it.

It is especially important to notice the theme of marriage within The Three Sisters. As a young woman just reaching the age where her peers were starting to get married, her fiercely non-traditional and non-conformist views that women shouldn't marry simply to secure power and resources (ie. "marry wealth"). This is particularly evident in the scene in the wood gazebo. Austen herself turned down a marriage proposal from a wealthy man. Her portrayal of marriage as a form of socially sanctioned prostitution when she was just 17 years old is striking to take note of.

Please enjoy reading this story - I hope you like it as much as I do. I would also like to thank my friend Thomas Tibco for encouraging me to share this story on my website. Thomas is a longtime friend of mine and he also has an enduring love for Jane Austen's novels! While not quite Jane's peer in terms of his writing, he has been writing a lot on his blog recently, and as a friend I heartily encourage you to go check out his reviews, even if they are not creative writing of the caliber of Jane Austen. His latest review is quite a work and I used it myself to buy a new laptop a month ago - deciding to purchase what he told me was the best 17 inch laptop currently available. Thanks Thomas and I am happy to support your site and your work!

-James DeFord

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