Posted by: rearadmiral | April 6, 2013


T’S HERE! JOHN & MARGARET – COMING HOME WITH ME: North & South Continues. It is available on Amazon and Smashword now (various types of downloads, ebook, Kindle, etc) and if you use the coupon code VV33P (2 Vs), you will get 25% off! Expires 4/22.

From the wonderful Facebook page Emma Woodhouse:

“Donwell Abbey”

Many prominent country houses had “Abbey” in their names–one such provides the title of “Northanger Abbey”. This was the result of the English Reformation, in which monasteries, including abbeys, and nunneries were closed and the property and buildings sold by the crown. Families who acquired the buildings would often convert them to their own residences, while retaining the original name. Since this occurred in the mid-sixteenth century, the house is an old one, suggesting in turn the antiquity of the Knightley family, an added source of prestige.

—David Shapard in “The Annotated Emma”

I don’t agree with the rankings below!(-Kirk)

Nor these comments from the same person(-Kirk):

From yesterday(Friday):

Regina Jeffers (@reginajeffers) tweeted: 

Happy Birthday to Hayley Atwell, who portrayed Mary Crawford in 2007’s Mansfield Park

Regina Jeffers (@reginajeffers) tweeted:

Happy Birthday to Tom Riley, who portrayed George Wickham in Lost in Austen

Who is the strongest Austen heroine – Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennett or Elinor Dashwood?

“Be not alarmed, madam, on receiving this letter, by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of those sentiments or renewal of those offers which were last night so disgusting to you. I write without any intention of paining you, or humbling myself, by dwelling on wishes which, for the happiness of both, cannot be too soon forgotten: and the effort which the formation and the perusal of this letter must occasion, should have been spared had not my character required it to be written and read. You must, therefore, pardon the freedom with which I demand your attention; your feelings, I know, will bestow it unwillingly, but I demand it of your justice.”
— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice quote of the week: ‘[Bingley] was full of joy and attention. The first half an hour was spent in piling up the fire, lest she should suffer from the change of room.’ (Mr. Bingley and Jane) Chapter 11.
Question of the day from Elle Cuddy:

Hi! Quick question–
Who are the one dimensional characters and their purposes in Sense and Sensibility? I mean I know, Lady Middleton, but there’s not much meat there as far as social criticism goes.

What is Austen “saying” by putting them in the story?

Jane Austen’s Emma (@DailyEmmaQuotes) tweeted at 1:42 PM on Sun, Mar 31, 2013:

The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be. #MrWoodhouse #Isabella


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