Category Archives: Literary References

Poetry in the Age of Romance

Poetry in the Age of Romance

The romantic poetry of a besotted lover is, in my opinion, one of the most delightful treasures of the human experience. What woman who has received a love poem composed by her sweetheart can deny the power of those words? Words that expose his vulnerability to her charms. Words that set aside flaws and cite… more goodness …

A Visit to Lyme Regis

A Visit to Lyme Regis

It’s been about thirteen years since I visited England, though I may have reason to go again soon since both my brother and my niece are engaged to Brits. (I’m hoping for something straight out of Four Weddings and a Funeral without the funeral part.) My purpose in going those several years ago, my husband and twelve-year-old… more goodness …

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

No, you haven’t stumbled across a health website, but it is January, just beyond the two-week mark of when a large percentage of the population has renewed their vow to take better care of themselves, so it seemed appropriate. Particularly for one such as I, whose pursuit of health has proven frustrating and elusive, particularly… more goodness …

A Very Mary Christmas Giveaway

A Very Mary Christmas Giveaway

In my most recent novella, A Very Mary Christmas, I have once again* played with the character of Mary Bennet. However, before I could begin playing with her character, I needed to know who she was as Jane Austen created her. According to SparkNotes, Mary Bennet is “the middle Bennet sister, bookish and pedantic.” And… more goodness …

The Character of Mr. Willoughby in Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”

The Character of Mr. Willoughby in Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”

Willoughby, John Biography moviespictures.org ~ Greg Wise First, permit to apologize for the missing post. Our Sarah Price had an accident involving her computer, a parrot, and a drink set close by. In Sarah’s place, I have pulled one of my posts from the archives of my blog to share with you. I hope you… more goodness …

George Wickham: How Jane Austen Masterfully Uses a Minor Character to Drive the Main Plot of “Pride and Prejudice”

George Wickham: How Jane Austen Masterfully Uses a Minor Character to Drive the Main Plot of “Pride and Prejudice”

How a Minor Character Controls the Story’s Action: Jane Austen’s Use of George Wickham Today, I thought we might take a closer look at George Wickham’s importance to Pride and Prejudice’s plot. For a minor character, with few lines and little description, the action of Pride and Prejudice greatly rests on the scoundrel’s shoulders. What do we… more goodness …

What About Marianne? Does She Not Deserve Love?

What About Marianne? Does She Not Deserve Love?

A very popular question among Jane-ites is: “Who is your favorite Jane Austen hero?” Sadly, no one ever chooses Colonel Brandon. However, in the ongoing research I do for my Regency era novels, I found myself rereading a very good biography that I’m sure many of you know called, Jane Austen, A Life, by Claire… more goodness …