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7 Ways To Celebrate Jane Austen's Birthday

December 16 marks Jane Austen's 238th birthday. Here's how true fans will commemorate the author on her special day.

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1. Expose yourself to the elements and almost die.

Jane risked riding horseback in the rain to see her one true love, Mr. Bingley, in Pride and Prejudice. While she fell incredibly ill upon her arrival, she still managed to pull off an attractive pneumonia look.

2. Deem yourself an old maid if you're not married by the age of 25.

Hey, maybe it'll be ok...? Pride and Prejudice's Charlotte found love with that gross weird guy—Mr. Collins—at the ripe old age of 27.

3. Become really upset about something based entirely on an assumption.

Did a letter to a potential suitor go unanswered? Is your Great Uncle planning an unexpected visit? Now's the time to go all Marianne Dashwood a la Sense and Sensibility and think the worst. In fact, you should go ahead and dedicate a whole chapter to it.

7. Hate someone so much that he or she ultimately ends up being the love of your life.

Right when you're most convinced that someone is rude, arrogant, and haughty, pull an Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and decide that he's actually "exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit" you...

And then create an endless stream of book spin-offs and movies!