Signs – A Remarkable Conversation

He knew how it would be, it wasn’t that people were unkind but for someone profoundly deaf there was little he could enjoy in a party like this.
The guests were introduced, he smiled, was about to sit down and read, when the last woman smiled back and flicked her fingers.
“Good afternoon?” She signed, “what is the book?”
For the first time in years he sat and enjoyed a conversation. She certainly knew her books, and suggested many things he could read. As she rose to leave he asked.
“Have you ever written anything?”
“Perhaps.” Signed Jane Austen.

 

This tale is absolutely true, the meeting took place in Southampton on December 27th 1808. I have blogged about it before in ‘Jane’s Other Language.’

 

This is in response to Charlie Mills flash fiction challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sign. It can be a posted sign, a universal sign, a wonder. Go where the prompt leads. I have bent the meaning slightly.

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Filed under Georgian, Historical tales, Jane Austen, Regency

5 responses to “Signs – A Remarkable Conversation

  1. You have not bent the meaning at all. I am truly enchanted by this story 💜

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  2. That is remarkable, Gordon! I never realized Jane signed (should have read your other post, sooner).

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  3. Pingback: Signs « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  4. What a wonderful interpretation to this prompt.

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  5. I had no idea at all, thanks for sharing this knowledge in such a skilful manner!

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