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Thursday, August 21

Quotable Quote

From: The Back Stories Are the Best Stories, Pop Matters

Bond still remembers introducing her students to her favorite book, “Emma,” and how they had been moved by the story-behind-the-story Bond had pieced together about Austen’s family tragedies, which included a handicapped brother sent away to live with another family, another brother adopted and an aunt wrongly imprisoned for theft.

"The realization was for me that once they came to know Jane Austen’s back story, they began to discuss the reasons that Austen put her characters in certain situations and the reasons that characters reacted certain ways,” Bond says. “The students looked deeper into the book as a work of art created by a specific and special person.”

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