Posted by: rearadmiral | March 13, 2013

The near to Ides! Or, the eyes have it

“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.”

Period Drama/Romance Movies
“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” ― Jane Austen

“Marianne Dashwood’s eyes naturally reveal her personality, but also have an unusual colour that makes her allure singular: ‘in her eyes, which were very dark, there was a life, a spirit, an eagerness which could hardly be seen without delight’ “-John Mullan “What Matters in Jane Austen?” pg 59

“Above all, perhaps, we expect heroes and heroines to be active, rising to opposition, resisting coercion, asserting their own energy; but Fanny is almost totally passive. Indeed, one of the strange aspects of this singular book is that, regarded externally, it is the story of a girl who triumphs by doing nothing. She sits, she waits, she endures; and, when she is finally promoted, through marriage, into an unexpectedly high social position, it seems to be a reward not so much for her vitality as for her extraordinary immobility”. -“Jane Austen” by Tony Tanner pg. 143

“Fanny starts her life in a very-lower-middle-class family in Portsmouth: we last see her effectively accepted as the mistress of Mansfield Park…..And yet Fanny Price exhibits few of the qualities we usually associate with the traditional here or heroine. We expect them to have vigour and vitality: Fanny is timid, silent, unassertive, shrinking and excessively vulnerable”. -“Jane Austen” by Tony Tanner pg. 143

Here’s a question for you! If you met someone who had never seen a period drama, but they wanted to start watching some, what period dramas would you recommend they watch first and why?

So what is Lizzie Bennett’s most remarkable quality?

‎”When we come to the looks of the Austen heroine when we know best of all, Emma Woodhouse, eye colour is the one particular of which we can be sure. Emma is ‘handsome’, we know this from the first sentence, but we know rather little about her appearance, beyond her former governess’s enraptured description. “Such an eye! the true hazle eye-and so brilliant! regular features, open countenance, with a complexion! oh! what a bloom of full health, and such a pretty height and size, such a firm and upright figure. There is health, not merely in her bloom, but in her air, her head, her glance’ “-John Mullan “What Matters in Jane Austen” pg59


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