Lucy Worsley explores how the houses Jane Austen moved around to impacted her work. Severton, Bath, Lyme, and the various houses live on in her novels. Although many of the houses Jane lived in or visited don't exist any more their spirit still lives on in her novels.
Worsley kicks off the episode with visiting Severton and the site of the Jane Austen's childhood home. She talks about how she grew up. The people she met and the story with Tom LeFroy. Growing up, good conversation revolved around music and books. She talks about how her brother was adopted by a rich family and how that impacted Jane's life.
Jane was the poor relation in the family as her, her father, her mother and her sister moved around to various houses. She was expected to earn her keep by entertaining the family when they stayed with the rich relations. The family moved around to various homes after her father retired, eventually stayed in Bath. After her father died, her brother took her, her mother, and sister in. Worsley also takes care to discuss Austen's loves and her career as a writer as well as where she wrote her novels.
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