Posted by: rearadmiral | March 29, 2014

Age is just a number and other things….

50F in Boston. Warm welcomes to those who recently liked the page! Alas, Facebook is back to it’s old trick of not showing names. Grrrrr! And, at least for the moment, we made 500!!!!!! THANKS!!

“We must also remember that in 1798 a girl of twenty-two was very much the same as a girl of twenty-seven in 1943. I think we can add at least five years to the ages of all the Jane Austen heroines(the same goes, of course, for the author) in order to bring them into comparison with the modern girl.”

-Sheila Kay-Smith in “Speaking of Jane Austen” by Sheila Kaye-Smith and G. B. Stern pg 272 published 1944

“Jane Austen’s last chapters are like deltas. The single river splits into many streams that trickle themselves away over a wide spread of flat marshy land. I can well believe she had no pleasure, no exhilaration in writing those six last chapters”. – G. B. Stern “Speaking of Jane Austen” by Sheila Kaye-Smith and G. B. Stern pg 240

Closing of P&P:
“They were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bring her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them”.
Good Night
Have nice dreams.

#janeausten #goodnight #NorthangerAbbey

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits’s photo.
Wentworth: Dear God, Harry, have I been so unguarded, so thoughtless?
Harville: It would appear that you have.

“Although they may seem at first reading to be no more than undramatic stories of ordinary young men and women falling in love, it is the importance of this event in anyone’s life which gives them their perennial popularity. Second and subsequent readings gradually reveal the depth of Jane’s literary skill and instinctive understanding of the vagaries of human nature in the way she creates her characters by deft touches of dialogue and authorial comment until they step off the page as living individuals”. -Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen” pg104

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits’s photo.
Culture clash, take two…

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:

“I cannot think what is the matter with me,” said Lady Bertram, when the tea-things were removed. “I feel quite stupid. It must be sitting up so late last night. Fanny, you must do something to keep me awake. I cannot work. Fetch the cards; I feel so very stupid.”

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:
Lady Bertram was not certain of anybody’s dress or anybody’s place at supper but her own. “She could not recollect what it was that she had heard about one of the Miss Maddoxes, or what it was that Lady Prescott had noticed in Fanny: she was not sure whether Colonel Harrison had been talking of Mr. Crawford or of William when he said he was the finest young man in the room–somebody had whispered something to her; she had forgot to ask Sir Thomas what it could be.” And these were her longest speeches and clearest communications: the rest was only a languid “Yes, yes; very well; did you? did he? I did not see that; I should not know one from the other.”
Mansfield Park Ch29 (II, 11)

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Applying for anything for someone who has never been easier way…

“The Forever Girl” by Alexander McCall Smith

The 3rd installment of HarperCollins modern Jane Austen series will be Emma, written by Alexander McCall Smith. I hadn’t heard of him before, but I have enjoyed reading interviews with him for that book and for “The Forever Girl”. Also Mary Jane Hathaway, the author of the delightful “Austen takes the South” series(“Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits”, “Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs”, and the upcoming “Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cranklin’ Cornbread”), is a big fan of his. So, I decided to read this book. I’m very very happy to report that appears that “Emma” is in good hands. Unlike the Caroline Bingley like Joanna Trollope (she said that ‘Janeites’don’t get my book’ and What do Janeites look like? “I’ve been to one of their conventions,” says Trollope, “which was held in Winchester, and most of the delegates from America – none of whom was exactly anorexic – were all in Jane Austen clothes.”…), Alexander McCall Smith seems to have a good humor about himself. While “The Forever Girl” isn’t the most wittest book, it has a gentle spirit about it. As Elinor Dashwood says in S&S 08, ‘nothing to disturb or upset one’. No real villain.Yea!!!! Lol, some have said on Goodreads that it is too slow. If you look for darker themes, this is not for you. However, I really enjoyed the Highburian world created in at least the first half of the book. Another Austen book comes to mind for the overall story. As that’s perhaps too much of a spoiler, I wouldn’t mention which one. I only wish the ending was more like Emma in terms of details. I look forward to rereading this lovely gentle book. 4.75 Regency Teacups

IMAGES: The Most Fashionable Looks From Jane Austen’s Era
The following is an excerpt from Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain [British Library, $45.00]. One of the earliest publications that can claim to be a fashion magazine in the modern sense is the Gallery of Fashion, pu…


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