Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Watsons by Jane Austen and completed by John Coates: A Review
Coates makes a change to our heroine’s name. Instead of calling her Emma he calls her Emily, which works just fine.
In the initial fragment we are led to understand that Emily had been raised by her Aunt who upon her second marriage went to Ireland effectively sending Emily back home to strangers. Mr. Watson is a sickly man who rarely leaves his room and Mrs. Watson is long since dead which is suggested to be the cause of Mr. Watson’s condition.
Emily comes from a large family---two brothers and four sisters. Her brother Robert is married to a simpering woman named Jane. The other brother Sam is practicing to be a doctor. Elizabeth, the eldest daughter, is in essence the lady of the house seeing to all the needs of the parsonage. Penelope is the teasing, witty one and Margaret is vain and self absorbed. What a cast of characters!
In other words this is a cast of characters that only Austen could have introduced.
Final Recommendation: A book worth the read….if you can find a copy that is.
Have you read this completion or the one by Joan Aiken?