Paper Ships: An Austen Inspired Flotilla
In October, 1809, Jane Austen was busy entertaining her nephews, Edward's children, after the death of their mother. She wrote to Cassandra with a round up of their busy schedule, which included games, constructing ships from paper, and walks about town:
"We do not want amusement: bilbocatch, at which George is indefatigable; spillikins, paper ships, riddles, conundrums, and cards, with watching the flow and ebb of the river, and now and then a stroll out, keep us well employed; and we mean to avail ourselves of our kind papa's consideration, by not returning to Winchester till quite the evening of Wednesday."
Anne Elliot entertains her nephews with a paper flotilla (Image from Persuasaion
No doubt, this time with her brother's children was excellent practice for writing the character of Anne Elliot in Persuasion
. Paper ships are quite easy to make and can become addicting. The directions, however, are easier shown than described. Watch the following video, or visit wikihow
for detailed instructions.