Posted by: rearadmiral | October 22, 2013

High Rising, Carol Shields, Tea, Etc

From FB All Things Jane Austen

Dearest Janeites, giving a book for Christmas is a wonderful thing in my humble opinion. Could you add to my list and suggest your favorite Jane Austen Inspired literature? Of course, nothing beats the original books but if you are not a purist and like to take Darcy & Lizzy (or other favorite characters) around to other adventures, please leave a comment below.

Here are some of mine:

The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice/The Family Fortune/Jane Fairfax/Searching for Captain Wentworth/Jane, Actually -Kirk

“I expected to have heard from you this morning, but no letter is come. I shall not take the trouble of announcing to you any more of Mary’s children, if, instead of thanking me for the intelligence, you always sit down and write to James. I am sure nobody can desire your letters so much as I do, and I don’t think anybody deserves them so well.” Jane Austen to Cassandra, November 25, 1798

Happy Bday!!!!!!
Happy Birthday to Michael Gambon!! (October 19, 1940)
Emma -2009, Wives & Daughters, Cranford, other movies
From Novel Nerds:
“ When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own. ” 
— John Berger
From the Carol Shields Trust @CarolShields on Twitter:

“Carol Shields has a remarkable eye for the pockets of time and light held with the most unextraordinary mileu”-Boston Sunday Globe

“It occurs to me that there are some happenings for which the proper response is not comprehension but amazement and acceptance” -Box Garden (Me: Anything in Pop “Culture” world)

Jane Austen,
Bernie Su replied to your Tweet! 

Bernie Su

Just shamelessly said in an email, “You can’t stop Emma Woodhouse! You can only hope to contain her.” – 16 Oct
More Tweets

Jane Austen

@BernieSu Cue the Sportscenter theme!! – 16 Oct

Bernie Su

Never thought an Austen account would ever tweet me that. “@AusteninBoston: @BernieSu Cue the Sportscenter theme!!”

Jennifer Levine @jennlevine #DaDaDa

Philadelphia Tea Society ~ A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards. 
~ A.A. Milne

Here’s part one of an UK Tea TV show. Part two hasn’t been posted. The Boston Tea Party gets abit of love in the introduction. Not should if it’s in this episode. Boston Tea Party Boston Tea Party Ships
“And then, by not beginning the business of Mothering quite so early in life, you will be young in Constitution, spirits, figure & countenance, while Mrs. Wm Hammond is growing old by confinements & nursing. (JA to Fanny Knight, 3/13/1817)

It is a half-truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen disliked babies and didn’t blankly like children. The other half-truth-that she sometimes loved babies and often loved children-is clear enough from her family life, where, for every chastening coolness about the little ones, there can be found a heart-warming admission”. – Sir Christopher Ricks essay “Jane Austen and the Business of Mothering” from “Essays in Appreciation” 1998

High Rising by Angela Thirkell

A first of a series of quiet novels. A kind of Highbury location set in the early 1930’s. The book was 1st published in 1933. Quietly and delightfully amusing. As others have written, this would be five stars but for ethnic slurs. As a confirmed PCer(many know my “starched notions”), I’m very troubled about continuing reading the series. I will probably continue but I can’t recommend the book with that flaw. -Kirk

4 Regency Teacups

“Where Fanny’s finely attuned moral sense comes from is something of a mystery, a triumph over both genetics and environment, but today’s readers, at least those who are familiar with the self-protective strategies of the victim, will understand exactly why Fanny is Fanny, a child of almost saintly qualities”. – Carol Shields Introduction to The Modern Library edition of Mansfield Park
“Austen may have intended to blunt her ironic voice with Mansfield Park, but a deep dichotomy rumbles beneath the novel’s surface, for Mansfield Park, the Northamptonshire home of the Bertram family, is the making of Fanny Price, but Fanny Price, at the same time, is the savior of Mansfield Park. This paradox rests on the belief that human sensibility can be refined and educated, and that virtue itself cannot be confined by the narrowness of class”. -Carol Shields Introduction to The Modern Library edition of Mansfield Park


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