Posted by: rearadmiral | October 6, 2013

Happy Bday Kate Winslet!!!!!!!!

From yesterday!!!

Happy Bday Kate Winslet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Near far, whatever role you are…you’ll always be Marianne Dashwood! A true English Rose!! (ok, I apologize for the above! -Kirk)

The Trouble with Flirting: A Novel, by Claire LaZebnik – Modern retelling of Austen’s Mansfield Park. Read this review at Austenprose

“The master of the ceremonies introduced to her a very gentlemanlike young man as a partner; his name was Tilney. He seemed to be about four or five and twenty, was rather tall, had a pleasing countenance, a very intelligent and lively eye, and, if not quite handsome, was very near it. His address was good, and Catherine felt herself in high luck. There was little leisure for speaking while they danced; but when they were seated at tea, she found him as agreeable as she had already given him credit for being.” — Jane Austen, introducing Henry Tilney in NORTHANGER ABBEY

Today is National Poetry Day in the UK. Here’s a favourite tea poem of mine by John Betjeman. It is called “In a Bath Teashop”
Let us not speak, for the love we bear one another—
Let us hold hands and look.
She such a very ordinary little woman;
He such a thumping crook;
But both, for a moment, little lower than the angels
In the teashop’s ingle-nook.
“Tea with Jane Austen” by Kim Wilson 

I have been quoting from this short and delightful book for some days. There is interesting information and recipes too. Worth checking out from your local library or bookseller. 

“I shall eat Ice & drink French wine, & be above Vulgar Economy”. – JA to Cassandra Austen 10/2/1808

4 Regency Teacups

“The unkindness of your own relations has made you astonished to find friendship any where.” — Elinor, Sense and Sensibility; Chapter 40.
Among the Non-Janeites with Emma-

I went to a meetup bookclub Sunday to discuss Emma. The usual fare of the bookclub is dark Russian novels. Not my cup of tea. In fact, I was thinking of dropping out when Emma appeared as the September selection.
My passage thru Emma was abit rushed, as I only had a week to read it after finishing Mansfield Park for another Austen bookclub(what did Twain say about joioning clubs?). Despite rushing to finish it(finished 15 minutes before the meeting) it was, as a delight, as usual. I consider Emma to be the 2nd sunniest Austen novel. While it’s my 4th favorite(P&P, S&S, Persuasion ahead of it, NA and MP behind), it has closed the gap between the other three with rereadings the past two years. Romola’s Emma(2009) has helped with that. Emma Woodhouse

Given that dark Russian novels are the usual fare of the meetup bookclub in question(“the sea monster in question” -Matthew Crawley DA S1), I shouldn’t have been as surprised that the organizer was so so so incessant and insistent about her view that Emma was a “very dark novel”. Really?? Compare it against some of the issues in S&S!! “Mr. Woodhouse is controlling and…and….”. Lol, The Woodhouse Defense League(
would have been shocked to hear that things said about Mr. Woodhouse. Another attendee kept saying, over and over and over again, that Emma should just move away from Highbury. Really?? Why?? Much more rational and interesting were the insights of the well read Sci-Fi writer and the young earnest college student. The Sci-Fi writer said that he and some of his fellow Sci-Fi writers borrowed from Jane Austen on a regular basis. Who knew? Overall, even those who didn’t like, or didn’t get the point of the story, came away enjoying Jane Austen’s writing. -Kirk

Is there no felicity as Felicity Jones in Northanger Abbey 2007? I rewatched it yesterday. I wish it were longer. 86 minutes is abit short. Although Henry Tilney remains forever my 7th favorite Austen hero(I consider Edward Ferrars and Col. Brandon co-heroes of S&S), I enjoyed Mr. E before I JJ Feild’s work on this one more this time too. Perhaps because of his delightful work in Austenland. Also, I recently watched and enjoyed the work of Sylvestra Le Touzel(Mrs. Allen) as Fanny Price in MP 1983 and a supporting role in Amazing Grace. 4.75 regency teacups! -Kirk


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