Posted by: rearadmiral | August 4, 2017

8/4 #TheDarcyLook, RIP Robert Hardy….

I got #TheDarcyLook

I was nominated by Christina Angel Boyd for #TheDarcyLook. As I’ve wanted to run thru the Rose Kennedy Greenway fountains for a long time, I did that rather than having a bucket of water thrown at me.
From Deborah Barnum:
July 27 at 1:57pm ·
Getting #TheDarcyLook – here’s how to donate in the US, etc:
Chawton House Library is delighted with the response to our fundraising campaign #TheDarcyLook so far. Many of our supporters have asked if they can participate if they are not in the UK. The answer is a big fat yes! However, the text giving will only work for UK mobile phones so please use online giving instead. Here are the posts to use if doing #TheDarcyLook from outside of the UK…
From the USA and Canada:
I’m taking part in #TheDarcyLook. To help save Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, get wet in a white shirt! Upload the photo/video, then donate online at and nominate 3 friends.
From the rest of the world:
I’m taking part in #TheDarcyLook. To help save Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, get wet in a white shirt! Upload the photo/video, then donate online at and nominate 3 friends.
Happy Splashing!
Donate to NAFCHL
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RIP Robert Hardy.
In one of the worst Austen Adaptations on the left, NA ‘1986(General Tilney). One of the best(and maybe the best cast) in S&S ’95(Sir John Middleton).

Jane Austen Society of North America Iowa Region
August 2 at 9:52am ·
I simply adore Henry Tilney. He and Mr. Darcy are equal in my mind, perhaps Mr. Tilney even has a slight edge. Finally someone else is giving him his due. I’m not the only one! 🙂

The Best Jane Austen Hero Isn’t Mr. Darcy — It’s Mr. Tilney
Jane Austen wrote six super-romantic novels filled with swoonworthy guys, and yet somehow Mr. Darcy gets all the credit for being the best Jane Austen…

I dedicate this post to the VERY disagreeable two people talking very loudly about books a certain local library outside deck. One insisted that Jane Austen was considered an victorian writer although Jane Austen wasn’t living during Victoria’s reign. Yes, I tried to bite my tongue for as long as I could but had to say as I stormed off…”REGENCY”!!!!
This answer by Clara Hamilton is brilliant……
Clara Hamilton, Read every book many times, did a project on her as well
Updated Jul 25
I have no idea why anybody would think that! Jane Austen died in 1817, Victoria was crowned in 1837 at the age of eighteen and as such wasn’t even born when Austen died. Surely you have to be alive during at least some of a period to write in it.
Perhaps some people feel that her books are somewhat puritanical and moralistic and that’s why they belong in the strict world of upper class victorian society and they did become increasingly popular during the nineteenth century in a way they had never been while Jane Austen was alive. Apparently it’s not as disgraceful being a female writer if you’re dead. But her books do not in fact live up to many of the romantic ideals in the early victorian world. Yes, the heroine always gets the right man for her, the man she loves, but only when it’s practical to do so. Only when it doesn’t really conflict with any of the social or moral barriers. No one dies for their love! No one is thrust into poverty or disgrace even through faults of their own. No one is tragically struck down in their prime or murdered. None of the main characters anyway. Jane Austen tries to create a tragic situation in Persuasion which is set closer to the romantic period but it doesn’t really fit the profile and the whole scene where Louisa Musgrove falls from the stairs and hits her head is one of the strangest in all her books. Like she was just trying it out. And in the end Louisa doesn’t even die. She recovers and marries a sea captain who at the same time gets over his long lost tragic love that everyone thought he would carry forever. Very sensible. But not very romantic. Romantic is to perish on the altar of true love. Not to get over it like a normal person and get on with your life. In fact all of Jane Austen’s love is very reasonable, understandable and sensible. It’s still love. It’s just not Romeo and Juliet and why should it be? Jane Austen wrote as close to social realism as you could get in the napoleonic era. The only difference was she gave her heroines a glimmer of hope by letting them marry the man they chose. And when they are all mysteriously of the same social class, or almost, as themselves why is that so terribly unrealistic? That’s properly also why she never moved on to what happened after the wedding. Because she knew all too well about those realities.
Jane Austen’s world is a place divided into classes and with reasonable outcomes. She takes things like, eloping, illegitimate children, mistresses, divorce, mothers dying in childbirth and mismatched marriages, not to mention financial matters, into account. They are not unimportant matters for domestic bliss. Unlike in the victorian era where the style was much more: Oliver Twist, it’s better that his mother is dead because she gave birth to an illegitimate child, but she was a good person and therefore she is properly in heaven, and it’s also only because his mother was so good and his father was so rich that little Oliver is such a kind boy. Everyone who sins dies. But it’s okay; it’s better to die. Death cleanses us of all sins; from vice, drunkenness and of course poverty. That’s the victorian attitude. Generally speaking. Doesn’t sound very Jane Austen does it? Many people almost die in her books but that’s usually as a means to mend their ways or mend relationships and they always pull through in the end. And most importantly they are not punished for their sins. Some people live quite happily despite their crimes and some don’t, but there’s no devine justice. Unlike pretty much every work of romantic fiction like Jane Eyre; which is also fabulous but not very realistic.…

Football is all about
August 1 at 6:09pm ·
Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” reimagined as a football teamsheet……/sweet-jane-ge…/

Sweet Jane gets tag teamed…and still wins….
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” – Jane Austen Like everyone else, lots of stuff flows by in the endless stream…
August Classic: Northanger Abbey #CBAM2017
As July comes to an end, it’s time to look toward August and our next read! This month, we’ll be reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen! I’ve chosen this one to coincide with my …

Found via Jane Austen Summer Program:…/…/08/07/future-austen-adaptations

Future Austen Adaptations
This V.R. experience allows the viewer to live out the most exciting year in Elinor Dashwood’s life.

Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club shared The Jane Austen Centre, Bath’s photo.July 31 at 3:46pm ·
Happy Bday J. K.!!!!!



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