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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 …

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 …