I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. It’s such a charming book. I would love to live in that old rundown castle with its mismatched furniture. (I think I’m longing again to have a house and garden.)Smith wrote the book in the US in 1948. But these days it seems to be enjoying a Renaissance, especially in the UK. Have you read it?
The book’s main character, Cassandra, has a conversation one evening with her sister Rose about whether Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë is better.
“Which would be the nicest,” Rose asks, “Jane with a touch of Charlotte, or Charlotte with a touch of Jane?”
“Fifty per cent each way would be perfect,” says Cassandra.
(Notice: there’s no mention of Emily!)
Photo illustration, above, by Julie Kwon.