My Cousin Jane

My Cousin Jane

My Cousin Jane is a podcast produced by Jane Austen's cousin—well, her 8th cousin, 6 times removed—Lee Falin, about the life and works of Jane Austen. Rather than explore the "literary themes and ethos of Jane Austen", or something else you might hear about in a graduate level English Lit class, My Cousin Jane presents a light hearted, chapter-by-chapter collection of segments that one could think of as the "Deleted Scenes" or "Bonus Features" of Austen's works. With any luck, you'll come away both entertained, and with an enriched appreciation and understanding of the life and works of My Cousin Jane.

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March 20, 2020 13 min

What's important about the year 1814? Why is it so ironic that Sir Walter is obsessed with rank? Learn the answers to these questions and more in the inaugural episode of My Cousin Jane.

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What does it mean to rent vs let? Why couldn't Sir Walter move to London? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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What exactly was "The Trafalgar Action"? What was a deputation? What exactly does the term "gentleman" mean? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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What is the connection between Captain Wentworth and Francis Austen? How did Naval prize money work? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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What exactly is a "clumsy wrist"? What's wrong with freckles? How was Jane Austen so familiar with hypochondriacs and why are teeth so important in her novels? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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What was wrong with living in Queen's Square? What's the deal with the servants at Uppercross, and why is Mary taking Mrs. Musgrove's place? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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Does Anne's conversation with Mary about little Charles prove that Jane Austen wasn't a feminist? What exactly was an apothecary and why did they always want people to drink things? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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Were the Asp and Laconia based on real ships? Why did Captain Wentworth take the time to have a "lovely cruise" in the middle of the war? How common was it for women to be on naval ships? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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Just how rich was Captain Wentworth? Was being a country curate as bad as Mary says? How exactly is one "made a baronet"? And why was there such a gap between episodes 8 and 9?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.


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Can you really just walk across open private land in England? How exactly does one lay a hedgerow and what were they for? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.


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Just how famous is Lyme Regis and the infamous Cobb where Miss Musgrove takes her tumble? What exactly were bathing machines? And what does the term "Cobb" mean anyway?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.


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What exactly is the difference between a chaise and a coach? Why is Admiral Croft's gig also referred to as a one-horse chaise? Why does Captain Wentworth return post from Lyme, and what does that mean anyway? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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What exactly was nurse Sarah treating when she was called back into service? What was the difference between a nursery maid and a nanny? And what were the responsibilities of the gentry towards the poor? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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How did most regency families celebrate Christmas? Just how old was the "Old Bridge" in Bath? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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What made Camden Place such an interesting place to live? Why was it called Camden Place? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.


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What did Sir Walter and King George III have in common? What is the proper form of address for Lady Darymple? Why is Miss Carteret not Miss Darymple? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane. 

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What exactly is rheumatic fever and how was it treated in Regency times? What's wrong with living in Westgate buildings? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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How did the mail work in Regency times? Was Jane Austen an epistolary novelist? Why is Bath the place to go for Gout? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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Why is Milsom Street so popular in Jane Austen's writing? What exactly did they sell at Molland's? And why are we going to a concert?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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We go to a concert with Anne and friends as we tour the Upper Assembly Rooms in Bath. Just how accurate are the movie adaptations of Persuasion? Who is the inimitable Miss Larolles and why does Anne compare herself to this woman? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of My Cousin Jane.

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