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Anniversary February — Admiral and Mrs. Croft — 21 Comments

  1. It is so very sweet. They are so attuned to each other, as they should be. Beautifully written. And congatulations on TPMJA making Bookbub’s top 10, it certainly deserves it. I loved reading it!

  2. Thank you! I, like Anne, “truly love” this couple. Jane out very few older couples in her works whose relationships withstood years of marriage with success, and the Crofts are like fine pieces of silver who have been through fire and emerged shining and beautiful!

    • Well said, June! JA doesn’t give us many happy, well-adjusted mature couples as good examples. We’ve got the Crofts and the Gardiners; that’s about it. I enjoyed writing the Crofts in the form of their counter parts in TPMJA, and I did a post with the Gardiners recently (here at AuVar and then reprinted at my site http://shannonwinslow.com/2015/12/29/the-plays-the-thing/ ). Hope to do more on them later!

  3. That was perfect. A couple comfortable in their relationship and needing few words to understand each other. Well done. And congratulations on the honor your book received. Well deserved.

  4. That was delightful! I too love this strong couple whose love has just grown and matured over the years. Congratulations on your award!

  5. I like that you chose Croft as their name as it is my maiden name and they exemplify my parents, John and Helen. Both are gone now, but I remember them with great love.

    • Thanks, Hollis, but Jane Austen gets the credit for “Croft.” They are her original characters in Persuasion. When I wrote my book, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, I named the Crofts counterparts in it “Crowe” – confusing, I know, unless you’ve read both books. But I’m glad my little scene today brought your lovely parents back to your mind!

  6. What a lovely vignette!! The Crofts are such a lovely couple, one of the few truly happy marriages among the older set that we see in Austen.

    Congratulations on your ranking on the list!! Yay!! 😀

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • Very true, Susanne. As I said in answer to June’s comment above, we have the Crofts and the Gardiners. That’s about it.

      Yes, yay for TPMJA! I hope more people will discover it now!

  7. I simply adore the Crofts and wish they’d adopt me! Loved this little vignette, too. One thing that’s always puzzled me, though, is how old were they? They’re always cast relatively mature in dramatisations but I’ve read at least one variation where they eventually have at least one child of their own.

    The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen was such a wonderful read, Shannon. The mention in that Top Ten is so well deserved.

    • I don’t know about the admiral, but the book says in chapter 6 that Mrs. Croft is thirty-eight. They must have been married quite a few years, too, considering all the places she talks about traveling with her husband (chapter 8). So it’s reasonable to assume there would have been plenty of time for children to show up.

      Glad you enjoyed the post and especially PMJA, Anji!

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