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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 …

Retelling the Classics

Sometimes fan fiction writers get flack for being copycats. The truth is, though, that many successful books, movies, and TV shows are classics reworked. Here are a few examples I’ve noticed lately: The movie You’ve Got Mailis adapted from The Shop Around the Corner, a classic movie that starred Jimmy Stewart. Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca is very similar to… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday–Emma 13-15

Read Along Wednesday–Emma 13-15

Come join us for a little bit of Christmas in August. That’s right, we’re going to discuss the scene where Mr. Elton “makes violent love” to Emma in a carriage! The outrage! It’s such a hilarious scene, and we’re talking about it today on the Writer’s Block, along with the party at the Westons’ where… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma 9-10

I’m so excited to discuss chapters nine and ten from Emma. These are some of my favorite scenes: Chapter Nine where Mr. Elton write a charade for Harriet’s riddle book and Chapter Ten where Emma and Harriet visit a poor family and then happen to meet Mr. Elton along their way home. We’ll be sharing a few… more goodness …

Jolly Old St. Swithin Up on the Rooftop

Jolly Old St. Swithin Up on the Rooftop

Years ago, while studying Jane Austen’s Christmas celebrations, I read that Jane had written a poem that was something like the famous “Night Before Christmas.” Since then, I have wondered about this poem and occasionally searched for it. Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, if I could blog about this poem at Christmastime? Well, I finally found… more goodness …

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan

We’re almost to the end of Lady Susan, and I’m dying to find out what happens. (I’m probably one of the few who has never read it and still hasn’t seen the movie.) Last week, we learned that Lady Susan planned to punish Frederica, Reginald, and Mrs. Vernon for foiling her plans. At the same… more goodness …