JASNA Wisconsin Region R.C. Elizabeth Philosophos Cooper has followed up her excellent article on Brook Edward Bridges, portrayed by Hugh Bonneville in Miss Austen Regrets, with a piece on Charles Haden, played by the eminently woof-worthy Jack Huston. As in the first essay, Ms. Cooper busts a few myths while showing an appreciation for the film.
Austen’s letters to her sister, Cassandra, written from London in the autumn of 1815 include many references to Haden but provide no support for the screenplay’s invention of a romantic triangle. On the contrary, they suggest that Austen enjoyed both Haden and his flirtation with Fanny.
There also is some information on the real Mr. Haden’s distinguished medical career. We encourage our Gentle Readers most strongly to check it out!