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Plain Jane: “Beware of fainting fits…though at the time they may be refreshing and agreeable, yet believe me they will, in the end, if too often repeated and at improper seasons, prove destructive to your constitution…Run mad as often as you choose; but do not faint.”

Jane Austen in The Juvenilia of Jane Austen 

Today I am beginning quite the week of busy-ness. It’s all excessively agreeable but nonetheless makes me rather tired just thinking of it. Jane says I may run mad though, as long as I do not faint, so that’s what I shall do…