Posted by: rearadmiral | July 5, 2013

The 5th of the 4th

An Invitation to Celebrate 100 Years of The Custom of the Country



Like Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse and Mary Crawford, and Thackeray’s Becky Sharp, Edith Wharton’s Undine Spragg believes that “If only every one would do as she wished she would never be unreasonable.”


How I Discovered The Custom of the Country
Part One in a series celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Edith Wharton’s novel The Custom of the Country. It was my interest in Nova Scotia history that led me to a discovery of Edith 

Pride and Prejudice gifts (13 photos)

What Matters in Jane Austen?
Actress Emma Thompson and her mum, who has starred alongside her in numerous films, have both been awarded an honorary doctorate in drama from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland!
‘Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ novel adaptation coming in 2014
Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. 

~ Persuasion, Jane Austen

Jane Austen appearing on banknotes

It is a truth insufficiently acknowledged that a journalist in possession of a news story involving Jane Austen must refrain from using the opening to Pride and Prejudice, no matter how much he thinks it has been ironically subverted.


From the brilliant Mary Josephine Crawley(DAUT) on Facebook:

*Having finished her book, “Persuasion”, by Jane Austen, she set it down on her lap.

“Persuasion” is about waiting. It’s about patience and forgiveness and second chances. Most of all it’s about how love can withstand the test of time. It dawned on her she had lived through something similar. Didn’t she and Matthew fall in love like Anne and Capt. Wentworth, only to have people come in and interfere and break them apart? In the book, Anne had listened to the misguided advice of Lady Russell, just like she, Mary, had listened to others, effectively turning away the men they were in love with. Of course she wasn’t anything like Anne Elliot but could see the parallels in both their stories. It seemed like the timing was never right but Anne Elliot and Capt. Wentworth had found each other in the end. Funny, but didn’t that also happen to her and Matthew? After the War–after Sir Richard Carlisle and Lavinia—she and Matthew had found each other again and their story was just beginning. Smiles to herself as she gets up and walks out of the room* — with Matthew Crawley. 

 Period Drama/Romance Movies
“It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?” ~ Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
Cringe worthy times three! Yikes! -Kirk

Period Drama/Romance Movies
Mr. Collins proposes…from 1940, 1995, and 2005!

Why is he so altered? From what can it proceed? It cannot be for me — it cannot be for my sake that his manners are thus softened. My reproofs at Hunsford could not work such a change as this. It is impossible that he should still love me.

~ Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen



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