Study Guide

Austenland Chapter 15

By Shannon Hale

Chapter 15

Day 12-13

  • Jane practices with her paint set by doing a self-portrait, although she's afraid she looks less like Jane Eyre and more like Bertha Mason—the madwoman in the attic.
  • Unable to get her eyes right in the portrait, she decides to kill time in the library.
  • Mr. Nobley is there, and he and Jane read to each other a bit. This scene is pretty steamy, in a sexy librarian kind of way.
  • The next afternoon, Miss Charming presents a script she found and suggests they all perform a play. How very Mansfied Park. Everyone wants to participate… except for grouchy Nobley, of course.
  • Just as she's getting into all the role-playing within role-playing, Jane runs into Martin on a walk, which bursts her bubble.
  • He says that he wants to talk to her, but she blows him off.
  • Mr. Nobley notices the whole thing, and he warns her to stay away from him. What does he have against gardeners?
  • He tells Jane that he only have her best interests at heart. They banter, and Jane convinces him to do the play with her. The show must go on.