Posted by: rearadmiral | April 13, 2014

Baddeley the Butler sets Mrs Norris down and other sweets

Letter from Emma Woodhouse to Lizzie Bennet #20

Literary References in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”
Literary References in Persuasion Henry Austen in “A Biographical Notice of the Author,” said of his sister, “Short and easy will be the task of…

Everyman’s Library’s photo.

“[In her earliest writings] we see the essential Austen… There is a force behind Austen’s farce–an energy which demands expression, an irony which will not be refused, a distinctive vision of life already apparent in the teenage writer . . . What grips one about the early works at every turn is the wit, the fire, the voice, the comic distance Austen sets up between herself and her fictional characters . . . Lady Susan is a classic, and Sanditon might have been Austen’s greatest book, had death not prevented her from completing her final novel.”
–from the Introduction by Peter Washington

Readers of Jane Austen’s six great novels are left hungering for more, and more there is: the marvelous unpublished manuscripts she left behind, collected here. Sanditon might have been Austen’s greatest novel had she lived to finish it. Its subject matter astonishes: here is Austen observing the birth pangs of the culture of commerce, as her country-bred heroine, a foolish baronet, a family of hypochondriacs, and a mysterious West Indian heiress collide against the background hum of real-estate development at a seaside resort. The Watsons, begun in 1804 but never completed, tells the story of a young woman who was raised by a rich aunt and who finds herself shipped back to the comparative poverty and social clumsiness of her own family. The novella Lady Susan is a miniature masterpiece, featuring Austen’s only villainous protagonist. Lady Susan’s subtle, single-minded, and ruthless pursuit of power makes the reader regret that Austen never again wrote a novel with a scheming widow for its heroine. The special joy of this collection lies in Austen’s juvenilia–tiny novels, the enchantingly funny Love and Freindship, comic fragments, and a (very) partial history of England–romping miniatures that she wrote in her teens. Their high spirits, hilarity, and control offer delicious proof that Austen was an artist “born, not made.”

The award for the weirdest Austen adaptation goes to this one! It does have Robert Hardy in it as General Tilney. Also, Murray from Downton Abbey(Jonathan Coy). I have only watched it once but I see it’s on youtube. Watch it if you dare! As someone posted on youtube, watch it with a drink or several, ie Drunk Austen style!

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:
…her uncle was, soon after tea, called out of the room; an occurrence too common to strike her, and she thought nothing of it till the butler reappeared ten minutes afterwards, and advancing decidedly towards herself, said, “Sir Thomas wishes to speak with you, ma’am, in his own room.” Then it occurred to her what might be going on; a suspicion rushed over her mind which drove the colour from her cheeks; but instantly rising, she was preparing to obey, when Mrs. Norris called out, “Stay, stay, Fanny! what are you about? where are you going? don’t be in such a hurry. Depend upon it, it is not you who are wanted; depend upon it, it is me” (looking at the butler); “but you are so very eager to put yourself forward. What should Sir Thomas want you for? It is me, Baddeley, you mean; I am coming this moment. You mean me, Baddeley, I am sure; Sir Thomas wants me, not Miss Price.”

But Baddeley was stout. “No, ma’am, it is Miss Price; I am certain of its being Miss Price.” And there was a half-smile with the words, which meant, “I do not think you would answer the purpose at all.”

Save the date! May 18 — at Fancy That.

Ashley Clements

Super excited that I got to be a part of The Digital Stage’s #Shakes450 project, and you can join in!

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“But the chief charm of Northanger Abbey, as indeed is the three early novels, lies in the heroine-Catherine Morland, as fresh and crisp and sweet as that very hyacinth she tells…..” -“Speaking of Jane Austen” by Sheilia Kaye-Smith and G.B. Stern

via Jane Austen Society of North America, Connecticut Region.

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Jane Austen Society of North America – Iowa Region’s photo.
Posted by Kirk Companion · April 10
The Salisbury House in Des Moines kindly sent us a photo of the Thomas Lawrence painting displayed in their Great Hall.

Thomas Lawrence (13 April 1769 – 7 January 1830) was a leading English portrait painter and president of the Royal Academy.

The portrait was of Henry (1798-1869) and John (1799-1863), the sons of Peter C. LaBouchere. Henry later became the first Lord Taunton. The painting was painted for the boys’ grandfather, Sir Francis Baring, and passed down to Lord Taunton’s grandson and heir, Mr. Edward Arthur Vesey Stanley.

“Image(s) and information courtesy of the Salisbury House Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa”

Library Loot: April 9 to 15

Library Loot: April 9 to 15
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If …

Your Invitation to Mansfield Park

Your Invitation to Mansfield Park
You’re invited to a conversation about Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park! When: from May 9 to December 31, 2014 Where: right here at I really hope you’ll join us in celebrating 200 years…

Cheshire Public Library’s photo.

“The second fundamental sound is the wild seething cataract roar of the wave’s dissolution and the rush of its foaming waters up the beach-this second sound diminuendo”. -The Outermost House
OK, we’ll start: “Oh my God a moose is coming!” – Cider House Rules. (side note: this does not bode well.)

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:

“I must be a brute, indeed, if I can be really ungrateful!” said she, in soliloquy. “Heaven defend me from being ungrateful!”
Fanny Price, Mansfield Park Ch 32 (III, 1)

Lol, Lord Grantham is not looking so good in this photo!!!
Mansfield Park Quote of the Day

“An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged: no harm can be done.”



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