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In general, girls were not schooled in England in those days in the same way that boys were. Upper classes were often sent to school, but it was mainly to learn deportment and the 'accomplishments' of a woman, rather than academic subjects, although they did learn French and possibly Italian.

That said, Jane Austen did go to school for a short time. Her sister Cassandra was being sent to a school in Portsmouth and the two girls refused to be separated, so even though George Austen thought his youngest daughter too young at the age of seven, he sent her along as well. They were not there long, only months, as an outbreak of infectious disease occurred and Mrs Austen and Mrs Cooper, Jane's aunt, came to nurse them and bring all home again, along with her daughter who was at school with the Austen girls. The children all survived, but Mrs Cooper contracted the disease and died shortly after.

Then Cassandra and Jane were sent to the Abbey School in Reading again about a year later for a short while. All in all, though, it did not amount to a lot of time, perhaps a year before the two girls came home again. The head mistress of the school had a wooden leg and was apparently an interesting character.

Much of Jane's learning came from her own father, who taught her along with several boys that he took in as lodgers to teach for extra income... and from her own inquisitiveness in her father's library.

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Yes, Jane Austen was educated mainly at home by her father and older brothers. She also attended a boarding school for a brief period.

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yeas that lady did, so mind yoo bussiness

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No bc children in those days were not schooled

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