” ‘……Miss Crawford took her harp,…..[Fanny] had nothing to do but to listen….Miss Crawford was too much vexed by what had passed to be in a humour for anything but music. With that, she soothed herself and amused her friend.’
There is considerable irony in Jane Austen’s use of the word ‘friend’ here. It is only Mary Crawford who, at this point in the story, flatters herself that Fanny is her friend. Fanny is, of course, no such thing. Indeed it would hardly be overstating the case to call her Mary’s enemy.”
-pg 74 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon London 1979
Note: A woodcut illustration by Joan Hassall…found via Republic of Pemberley
Details, details, details….
‘PRIDE & PREJUDICE’ (2005)
As Lizzy sits in Charlotte’s house, a view from the outside shows one of the windows open. However, when Mr. Darcy comes inside to propose to her, every one of the windows is closed.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’ (1995)
Toward the end of the film, Elinor (Emma Thompson) is gardening and has dirt all over her hands. Upon realizing Edward (Hugh Grant) is riding towards the house, she quickly wipes her hands on her apron and smears dirt on it.. When she removes her apron inside the house, both the apron and her hands are hardly dirty.
‘PRIDE & PREJUDICE’ (1995)
During the wedding, there are flashes of the different people from throughout the story. In the one showing Lady Catherine (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) and her daughter Anne (Nadia Chambers), the first shot shows Anne sitting very close to the arm of the sofa. In the next wide shot she is sitting further away from the arm.
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Eleanor Tilney is arguably the most serious character in the book, on two levels. On the one hand, she is serious in terms of personality. She’s polite and earnest and maybe just a little boring. On the other hand, her life circumstances are also serious. Her mom died when she was young and her dad is a bit of a control freak. But at least a Viscount magically drops from the sky for her to marry at the novel’s end, which conveniently allows the people in whom we have a more vested interest (Henry and Catherine) to get married.
If that’s all sounding a bit familiar, it might be because Eleanor perfectly fits the criteria for a heroine that Jane Austen outlines at the beginning of Northanger Abbey. We’ve got the family tragedy, the loss of a mother, a somewhat villainous patriarch, a creepy setting (the Abbey), a mysterious star-crossed love, years of suffering and trial, etc.
So why is the novel’s protagonist and ostensible heroine, Catherine, classified as anything but a heroine? And why does Eleanor Tilney, a somewhat dull secondary character, epitomize a Gothic novel heroine as described by Austen? Well, this might be because Austen is poking fun at the Gothic novel. By having Eleanor, a nice if somewhat uninteresting character, perfectly match the criteria for a Gothic novel heroine, Austen might be implying that Gothic novel heroines are overrated and a bit boring when compared to more dynamic characters like Catherine. Eleanor’s personality doesn’t appear to alter much at all over the course of the text, unlike Catherine, who evolves.
Aside from making a subtle and satirical point about the Gothic novel, Eleanor also contrasts with Isabella Thorpe. Eleanor and Isabella are both Catherine’s friends and the younger sisters of Catherine’s two love interests. So Eleanor has a vital position in the novel’s sibling structure, where three contrasting pairs of brothers and sisters interact.
Catherine, who grows up considerably over the course of the novel, eventually drops her superficial friendship with Isabella in favor of a more mature friendship with Eleanor. In many ways, the mature and reasonable Eleanor represents the type of adult that Catherine makes some progress towards becoming. Eleanor is, after all, rational, kind, well-mannered, well-read, and is capable to keeping up with her brother’s wit. And if she’s not as exciting and wildly entertaining as Isabella, well, that’s probably a good thing. After all, she does get rewarded with her very own Viscount in the end, which just proves that good deeds, like putting up with her difficult father, really can be rewarded.
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“But when no ball especially for children was offered, young people were taken to adult balls. Charles Blake of The Watsons, ‘a fine boy of ten years old’, is brought to the assembly ball by his mother because he is ‘uncommonly fond of dancing’….When Emma then says she would be happy to be his partner, Charles is given his opportunity.”
-pg 17 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012
Apparently not Austen but it is in keeping with the spirit so….
“Had Jane Austen been granted her three score and ten – or more – how would she have fared in old age? Professionally, she would surely have grown in both output and reputation. If, as I believe, the three novels she had written at Chawton show an advance in artistic control over her material as well as greater profundity of feeling, promising even more for the future, equally the fragment left unfinished at her death, Sanditon, proves there was no waning in her powers of invention.”
-pg 222 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hall Limited
Found via The Jane Austen Picture Wall:
“Austen’s novels are an escape from an irrational and threatening world, yes, but the world they depict is no fairytale. Their appeal is more to do with how they are told than with what happens. The narrator’s witty, mature presence – her voice – brings us confidently through her tales of characters often living near the edge of poverty or unhappiness to the “happy ending”…
Friday essay: the revolutionary vision of Jane Austen
This year is the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death and her celebrity continues to grow. But relegating Austen’s work to plots about ‘whether the heroine gets her man’ belittles her achievement.
“Anne Elliot, the elegant and charming heroine of Persuasion, is a good amateur pianist – certainly a better player than Emma Woodhouse, though probably not in the same class as Jane Fairfax. But Anne receives none of the plaudits and gratitude which invariably follow the performances of those young ladies, for she is essentially a Cinderella figure(in this, though in little else, she is like Fanny Price), even to the extent of being provided with a pair of sisters who, if not physically ugly, are certainly very deficient in that beauty of character which Anne possesses in such large measure.” -pg 111 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: A study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon Publish.
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General Tilney is accurately, if understatedly, described by Mrs. Morland as a “strange man” (29.10). Indeed. General Tilney is totally rocking out a whole Captain von Trapp vibe, from the first part of The Sound of Music before he became nicer and joined in the family sing-a-longs. The General is channeling the Captain from the period of the movie where he was overbearing, blowing whistles, and getting hung up on punctuality.
Like Captain von Trapp, General Tilney clearly runs a very regimented household, despite his efforts to appear laid back to Catherine. He’s a stickler for punctuality. He’s always getting mad at people for somehow disrupting his schedule or sense of order. And he’s pretty much a jerk to his kids. Catherine notices these difficult personality traits when she is having breakfast with the Tilneys before traveling with them to Northanger Abbey:
Her tranquility was not improved by the General’s impatience for the appearance of his eldest son, nor by the displeasure he expressed at his laziness when captain Tilney at last came down. She was quite pained by the severity of his father’s reproof, which seemed disproportionate to the offense. (20.2)
Ultimately, the General is horrible towards Catherine. But this is only after kissing up to her when he thought she was rich. In fact, his attentions make Catherine feel uncomfortable. The General’s behavioral about-face hinges on his knowledge about Catherine’s personal wealth. The General is overly concerned with money, and ultimately proves highly judgmental and downright mean.
However, the General is far from a scary villain, despite the fact that Catherine suspects him of being a murderer or some sort of tyrannical fetishist who locked up his wife like Mr. Rochester, or someone in an Edgar Allan Poe story. When it comes right down to it, the General is kind of gullible. First the General takes John’s word for it when John tells him that Catherine is rich. And then he believes John again when he insists that Catherine is dirt poor. Who actually just believes random, gossipy people, especially when they bluster about like John Thorpe?
In a way, the General is himself a parodic figure that completely disrupts expectations – both Catherine’s and the readers’. Rather than behaving like the Gothic novel villain that Catherine believes him to be, the General behaves badly in a very real-world way. Granted, the General is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. And he’s “strange,” to put it mildly. But his motives stem from very realistic prejudices: namely, prejudices towards people with less money than himself. The General is a snob of the worst kind and treats those of a lower social standing than himself with disdain and rudeness. The General, and his outrageous behavior, are definitely a part of the book’s comedic effect. But his behavior and attitudes also speak to social concerns that were common in Jane Austen’s day.”
Oh these two……hahahahahaha
“In fact, the average age of women marrying for the first time in Jane Austen’s lifetime was probably twenty-three or twenty-four. We should not trust the judgement of Anne’s highly fallible adviser and surrogate mother Lady Russell. It was she who ‘persuaded’ the heroine to relinquish the man she truly loved. But we are to think that her reasoning is narrow-minded rather than merely absurd.”
-pg 15 John Mullan “What Matters In Jane Austen? : Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved” Bloomsbury Press
Congrats Curtis!!!! Although I wasn’t wild about “Eligible”, it certainly is the most interesting of the 4 Modern Austen Project books(two of which I regret reading….especially the one by “Caroline Bingley”, which had no sense or sensibility!). -Kirk
“In her retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” best-selling writer Curtis Sittenfeld imagines what life would be like for the unmarried Bennet sisters today with reality TV, CrossFit workouts, and Paleo diets. The Cincinnati native lives in St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. “Eligible” comes out in paperback on April 18.”
“BOOKS: Is there such a thing as too much Austen?
SITTENFELD: I’m given Jane Austen Post-It notes, dolls, and board books aimed at two-year olds, even “A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice,” which retells the story in photos of guinea pigs in costumes. I still love Austen’s books, but I’ve reached a saturation point with the paraphernalia, with the Jane Austen industrial complex, which I realize I have contributed to.”
More Bath Marathon……
Persuasion- The Last Scene
Here is mine and Amy’s version of Persuasion. It is a little confusing because we are both playing Anne Elliot. Double casting at its best! We had gone to Ba…
Bath Marathon part II
Running to find Captain Wentworth
Me running along the royal crescent in Bath….if anyones seen the itv’s persuasion i was taking the mick out of that!
In “honor” of today’s Boston Marathon….the Bath Marathon!!!
Strange but amusing……-Kirk
With all the unhappy associations on this date in history, I’m so happy to celebrate these two birthdays!!!!!!!
“….What two letters of the alphabet are there, that express perfection?…..-I will tell you. -M. and A.–Em-ma.”
Happiest of birthdays to Emma Thompson and Emma Watson!!!!!!
I like the image of Mansfield Park as a maze….-Kirk
“….from Mr Knightley’s remarks during a call at Hartfield on the morning after the party:
‘A very pleasant evening…You and Miss Fairfax gave us some very good music….sitting at one’s ease to be entertained a whole evening by two such young women…..’
As is so often the case with a seemingly unimportant speech by one of Jane Austen’s characters, this one tells us something about the speaker himself and gives us a good deal of information besides. Mr Knightley must be quite well aware that Emma’s music-making is not very good, but though he is perhaps the only person in her admiring circle who never flatters her, he diplomatically avoids hurting her amour proper and praises her performance and Jane’s as if they were of equal merit. He is aware of Emma’s feelings about Jane Fairfax and he is anxious for the two girls to be on better terms, being concerted for the welfare of both.”
-pg 83 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: A study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon