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Fordyce on Women

Fordyce on Women

When Mr. Collins reads from Fordyce’s Sermons in Pride and Prejudice, I always figured he was reading something dry and preachy. What I didn’t figure was that he was also reading something incredibly sexist. Fordyce wrote several books of sermons, but his Sermons for Young Women was the most popular of his books, extremely popular during… more goodness …

Harriet, the Gypsies, and Me

Harriet, the Gypsies, and Me

  Do you remember the scene in Emma where a party of Gypsies attack Harriet and her friend? It’s just a tiny episode in chapter 39,and may seem almost comical to the modern audience. After all, this party of Gypsies consists of “half a dozen children, headed by a stout woman and a great boy.”… more goodness …

Pride, Letters, and Forgiveness

Pride, Letters, and Forgiveness

Jane Austen emphasized the theme of forgiveness in almost every book she wrote. Think of how Elizabeth forgave Darcy, Captain Wentworth forgave Anne, and nearly everyone forgave Emma. Even Marianne had to forgive Col. Brandon for being so old. For me, Easter and Springtime are great times to contemplate forgiveness. Forgiving can bring added peace to our own individual… more goodness …