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Lessers—be they servants or secondary characters—have the same dreams and emotions as their betters, proving what Darcy learns, and through him, what Ms Austen so ably demonstrates—that we are truly all the same and that class is an imaginary distinction conferring no better manners on the ‘haves’ and no lesser nobility on the ‘have-nots.’”

Lisa Rehr holds her four-year old son Maximus, after they lost their home to Hurricane Harvey, as they await to be evacuated with their belongings from Rockport, Texas, U.S. August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX3DH47


Those of us in the Jane Austen world are fortunate to be, at most times, betters. Today, Tomorrow and for months to come there will be so many in the state of Texas who will be toiling through what will seem like an endless trial.

We can make a difference through a generous contribution to support these folks as they do their best to make it through today.

Many JAFF authors are contributing their skills and products to support the relief efforts. I can assure you that the community will be doing a lot over the next days and weeks. If you would like to make a contribution, I researched two of the United Way Funds in the area. Both are 4-Star according to Charity Navigator, so you can be sure that your donation will go to those in need. Stay tuned to this space, my accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and Goodreads for more information.

United Way of Brazoria County

United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund


Don is an avid Jane Austen Fan Fiction fan! His “Bennet Wardrobe” stories put a new twist on the Austen canon–time travel. The magical transport ideas of C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling and Susannah Clarke are expanded with a new device. Using it as the “MacGuffin”, the personalities of Austen’s secondary characters are allowed to grow to “satisfying” conclusions, although not necessarily in the Regency Era.

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