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What Would Jane Read? (Episode 6: LFL4289, Alexandria)

What Would Jane Read?

Today's installment of "What Would Jane Austen Read?" is about a visit to one of our local Little Free Libraries, right here in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Action Figure Jane Austen and I stopped by LFL No. 4289, The Little Free Library of Windsor and DeWitt, on a bright summer day.

As far as I know, this was the first Little Free Library in this part of town. Renée Adams and Elli Ludwigson keep the little book house well-stocked and well-decorated. I'm always impressed with the flowers and other plants growing around it, and with the seasonal decorations — not to mention the Poetry Fence along the side of the house, just around the corner from the Little Free Library. It's a favorite spot for many in the neighborhood. In fact, a visit here tends to leave me feeling inadequate; my own Little Free Library is seldom so beautifully decorated and so nicely surrounded by lovely plants.

And I really love the Poetry Fence!
P1240319 Windsor LFL with Jane, cropped, 30%

On the day that I photographed Jane at the LFL of Windsor and DeWitt, she was intrigued by a favorite book of mine, The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. She's probably going to be shocked by the sexual content. But as an intelligent woman of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England, Jane has experienced the subjugation of women firsthand, and thinks she'll be able to relate to the powerlessness the main character experiences in her male-dominated society.

Jane also liked standing on top of the book house, near the crocheted bookworms, so she could admire the view of the street.


Well, I realize now that I was so focused on Jane and the books that I failed to take photos of "mural" on the back of the library and the garden surrounding it — not to mention the Poetry Fence. I guess that means Jane and I will have to go back soon.

P1240315 Jane at Windsor & DeWitt LFL, Handmaids Tale, 30%P1240309 - 30%
Stay tuned in a week or so for another edition of "What Would Jane Read?"