She seemed to love you, and you loved her in return

Jane Austen (1775-1817), the 'Rice Portrait'.

Jane Austen (1775-1817), the ‘Rice Portrait’. Though disputed, the portrait closely matches her nephew’s description of her: “a clear brunette with a rich colour; she had full round cheeks, with mouth and nose small and well formed, bright hazel eyes, and brown hair forming natural curls close round her face”.


AS a very little girl I was always creeping up to aunt Jane, and following her whenever I could, in the house and out of it. I might not have remembered this but for the recollection of my mother’s telling me privately, that I must not be troublesome to my aunt. Her first charm to children was great sweetness of manner. She seemed to love you, and you loved her in return.

Said of Jane Austen (1775-1817) by one of her nieces. Source.

See also Be Like Children by Fr Alexander Schmemann.


HEREIN is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:10.

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Mark 10:15.


Schumann, Kinderszenen (‘scenes from childhood’) No. 7
Played by Lang Lang.


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