Posted by: rearadmiral | December 1, 2013

Aisha/A Little History of Literature

A Boston Tea Party The Earl and The Ladies are welcome to attend!!
Photo: A Boston Tea Party The Earl and The Ladies are welcome to attend!!
From a post by Jane Austen in Vermont – JASNA Vermont Region:

The days passed in much discomfort. Fever flickered in and out. I lived on my theme of the war, and it was like being transported out of oneself. The doctors tried to keep thework away from my bedside, but I defied them. They all kept on saying, “Don’t work, don’t worry,” to such an extent that I decided to read a novel. I had long ago read Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and now I thought I would have Pride and Prejudice. Sarah read it to me beautifully from the foot of the bed. I had always thought it would be better than its rival. What calm lives they had, those people! No worries about the French Revolution, or the crashing struggle of the Napoleonic Wars. Only manners controlling natural passion so far as they could, together with cultured explanations of any mischances. All seemed to go very well with M and B*.

* ”Mand B” refers to Lord Moran and Dr. Bedford who came to his aid

From Winston Churchill, Closing the Ring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951, p. 425.

Sir Winston Spencer Churchill was born on this day in 1874. The picture below is of the room at Blenheim Palace in which he was born. We had the chance to visit Blenheim Palace last year and it’s well worth a visit. In one day, you can see the room where we has born and also visit nearby Bladon where he is buried in the Churchill family plot. The whole estate is steeped in history and we can’t wait to go back. What’s your favorite Churchill quote? Post it in the comments!
P&P 1940 used some costumes from the 1939 Gone with the Wind.

Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet at the Movies
Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet: JASNA-Eastern Pennsylvania hopes you’ll learn about the Region’s Jane 
In “honor” of Mark Twain’s Bday…

Uploaded on Dec 8, 2011
Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet: JASNA-Eastern Pennsylvania believes that all who admire Jane Austen will enjoy this video. Learn about the Regions Jane Austen Day by visiting
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Mark Twain once wrote, “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” JASNA members like to point out Twain’s use of “every time” that indicates he read the novel more than once. Of course he did.

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:
“Mr Murray’s Leter is come; he is a Rogue of course, but a civil one. He offers $450- but wants to have the Copyright of MP. & S&S included. It will end in my publishing for myself I dare say.- He sends more praise however than I expected.”
Letter to Cassandra October 17-18, 1815
Austen Efforts: Mansfield Park (1983)
“A Little History of Literature” by John Sutherland 

What a delight! The best chapter, of course, is “The Sharpest Mind: Jane Austen”. Some great chapters about certain authors I’ll never read as well! Lol!

“Austen’s fiction demonstrates, supremely well, that a literary work need not be large to be great. And what can two inches of ivory contain? Everything worth writing about, if the brush and the surface are in the hands of a genius” – John Sutherland

5 Regency Teacups! -Kirk

Aisha- Bollywood version of Emma (2010)

Five Regency Teacups! Very very funny. I thought it better than Bride and Prejudice, which I loved. Special thanks to the person who mentioned the movie at JASNA MA(Charlene?) and Erin for looking up the info and sending it to me! For those in the Minuteman Library Network, there is a copy available(when I return it!).


The Jane Austen Cookbook
Jane Austen wrote her novels in the midst of a large and sociable family. Brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances were always coming and going, which offered numerous occasions for convivial eating and drinking. One of 

Old-Fashioned Charm: Period Drama Dress Quiz – Answers!
JASNA-Eastern Pennsylvania members wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. “Mrs. Weston’s poultry-house was robbed one night of all her turkeys—evidently by the ingenuity of man.” So that’s how clever Janeites came by their turkeys!
Happy Bday Samantha Bond!!! Brilliant in Mansfield Park 1983 as Maria Bertram. Mrs. Watson in Kate Beckinsale’s Emma. Also, Lady Rosamund Painswick-Carlisle (Downton Abbey). In reading her bio, she was also on my beloved Rumpole of the Bailey!

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:

“And one may as well be single if the Wedding is not to be in print.”
Letter to Anna Feb/March, 1815



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