Jane Austen and the Olympics

What does Jane Austen have to do with the Olympics you ask?  At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she’s got a bit of a connection.

Box Hill Olympic Rings

Box Hill happens to be one of the summits that the cyclists raced around this past weekend. You can see the layout of the Men’s  and Women’s Road Race that circled Box Hill here.

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As we all know, Box Hill features prominently in Emma.

Mrs. Elton was very much disappointed. It was the delay of a great deal of pleasure and parade. Her introductions and recommendations must all wait, and every projected party be still only talked of. So she thought at first;—but a little consideration convinced her that every thing need not be put off. Why should not they explore to Box Hill though the Sucklings did not come? They could go there again with them in the autumn. It was settled that they should go to Box Hill. That there was to be such a party had been long generally known: it had even given the idea of another. Emma had never been to Box Hill; she wished to see what every body found so well worth seeing, and she and Mr. Weston had agreed to chuse some fine morning and drive thither. Two or three more of the chosen only were to be admitted to join them, and it was to be done in a quiet, unpretending, elegant way, infinitely superior to the bustle and preparation, the regular eating and drinking, and picnic parade of the Eltons and the Sucklings.

Quote from Project Gutenberg version of Emma

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