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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 …

Emma Readalong Chapters 27 & 28

Emma Readalong Chapters 27 & 28

Today’s readalong question is: was there a kiss between Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill while they were alone with the slumbering Mrs. Bates? While Miss Bates and Mrs. Weston went to fetch Emma and Harriet from the store across the street, Frank and Jane stayed behind with Mrs. Bates. Because of Miss Bates’ long-winded conversations, the… more goodness …

Tickling the Ivories with Jane

Tickling the Ivories with Jane

I’m a piano player, but I’m no Jane Fairfax or Georgianna Darcy. I identify with Elizabeth Bennet, who was much more interested in dancing than in practicing the piano.Like Elizabeth, I’ve had someone tell me, in lecture mode ala Lady Catherine de Bourgh, that she would have practiced hours a day if she’d had the chance to take… more goodness …