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Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters 20 and 21

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters 20 and 21

Welcome to Read Along Wednesday! Alexa has already introduced us to Volume II in last week’s post, which you can find here, if you didn’t get the chance to read it. We heard more about Miss Bates (poor, dear Miss Bates), but now there are other treats in store for us. We finally get to… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapter 19

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapter 19

Welcome to volume two! In volume one we remained within the elite confines of Emma’s preferred society. Now we begin to meet Highbury at large, and there is no better place to begin such an acquaintance than with Miss Bates. We have already heard her voice in chapter two. Austen need not tell us this is Miss Bates… more goodness …

Quiz: Are you an Emma?

Quiz: Are you an Emma?

I remain in high Emma mode thanks to our current read along, and today I’d like to share with you a quiz I’ve created inspired by our ongoing conversation at The Writers’ Block. It is an old game amongst Janeites to identify one particular heroine who most mirrors ourselves, and I had the somewhat troubling realization many,… more goodness …

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

Gretna Green of the Peak or ‘Did You Know That about Derbyshire?’

I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that one of the most exciting and enjoyable things about writing a new book is the plotting and the squirreling of information. I won’t call it research; it’s a lot more fun than that. It’s hopping from website to website because I start looking for something and… more goodness …

A Derbyshire Roadtrip

A Derbyshire Roadtrip

I go to Derbyshire as often as I can. I drag the family up there too. They don’t complain much, luckily Derbyshire has some of the best walks and cycling tracks in the country. And while they’re cycling I’m chasing after the Darcys and Pemberley. But what I could never do and always wanted to… more goodness …

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Elizabeth Ann West here: I met Gianna Thomas online and find it so neat that she writes JAFF and Regency fiction for readers! She is here today to look very closely at the nature of Jane Austen’s relationship with Thomas Lefroy. We all know movie adaptations of historical figure lives take great liberties with the… more goodness …

On the Character of Clergymen

On the Character of Clergymen

“My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding, but permit me to say that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy; for give me… more goodness …

Henry and Eliza on Eliza Doolittle Day

Henry and Eliza on Eliza Doolittle Day

  Forgive me if I take this occasion to celebrate a few different Elizas than just Miss Bennet, for today is Eliza Doolittle Day. For those unfamiliar with this often overlooked holiday, it is a reference to the musical My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, which in turn is based on… more goodness …