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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 …

Naming A House

Naming A House

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to name my house. In the olden days, house names were common. In America, we had the White House, Mount Vernon, and Monticello. In England, they had Windsor Castle, Chatsworth House, and Holkham Hall, among many others. People used to name houses instead of naming streets, so a house… more goodness …

Sir John Middleton, A Right Jolly Old Elf

Sir John Middleton, A Right Jolly Old Elf

My favorite Christmas stories are about service to others, so I thought today, I’d share about ways that Austen’s characters help the poor and needy. However, as I brainstormed about the various stories, one character stood out as a stellar example–so much so that I couldn’t help comparing him to Dickens’ Mr. Fezziwig. That character… more goodness …

A Boy’s Prejudice Against P&P

A Boy’s Prejudice Against P&P

A few weeks ago, I sat with my son and his English teacher at his student conference. (I’ve changed their names to protect the not-so-innocent.) Ms. Lewis was explaining to me that they were in the middle of Pride and Prejudice, and Matthew confessed that so far, he’d only read 40 pages. “There’s only so much love… more goodness …

Six Inches Deep in Mud

Six Inches Deep in Mud

When I think of going back in time to experience Jane Austen’s world, I imagine myself embroidering, playing cards, or drinking tea by the fire while my servants ready the table for supper. Yet, when I read about my favorite heroines, it seems that most would rather be out of the house than in–walking in the garden,… more goodness …