Jane Austen and Monty Python

Jane Austen and Monty Python

Was Jane Austen the Monty Python of her era?
Monty Python 2

Sir Bedvere: ‘Now, why do witches burn?”

Peasant: ‘…because they’re made of… wood?’

Sir Bedvere: ‘Good. So how do you tell whether she is made of wood?’

Peasant 2: ‘Build a bridge out of her.”

~Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Discovering that Jane Austen is considered, by some, to be the Monty Python of her era was—for me—like receiving an unlimited hall pass in grade school. If Jane Austen could wield her subversive humor while maintaining her dignity, if she could keep a straight face while delivering outrageous pokes at the pompous hypocrites who populated her world, then I was free (within limits) to let my inner Lizzie Bennet loose. The hardest thing for a comedy writer to do is to contain those barely audible jabs that burble out like a pot set on a very hot stove.

A good tale takes us to another time, another place, and away from our world if only for an afternoon. When I hear from readers who tell me that my Lizzie gave them the giggles through some very tense times or while suffering ill health, I am humbled. The joy I feel when I know I have lighten someone’s burden with funny dialogue or heartwarming scenes, which cost me nothing to craft, but spread beams of laughter into dark corners, is for me, the most rewarding feeling in the world.

Thank you for all the wonderful comments in support of my slightly unconventional Lizzie Bennet, who says the most outrageous things—to the delight of Fitzwilliam Darcy. He considers her his Monty Python amusement as well as the great love of his life.

In this sixth book in my series Mister Darcy comedic mysteries, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy set off under the guise of honeymooners, to save a quartet of domestic maids being held hostage in London and to return the legendary Red Rosary to the Templars’ treasure vaults. Can they avoid Caroline Bingley, evade the sinister men from Rome and will they ever get to enjoy their honeymoon?

mister darcy's honeymoon2Excerpt from MISTER DARCY’S HONEYMOON – New Release: Kindle

The ladies, the children, and Sammy all raised their heads at exactly the same time as I entered, breathless with the update.

“Happy news! We shall be taking a jaunt in my car to a faraway airport. Mr. Darcy is securing your flight right now. Hold a good thought for you will be in the arms of your loved ones very soon.”

Annie took Kidlat’s hands and clicked her heels. She coerced the little chap into performing a ring dance to celebrate. He joined her in her gibberish chant, giggling as they danced. Sammy jumped between them and yowled his dog version of their happy song.

With a skittering of nails on marble floors Derby and Squire came tumbling into the kitchen, slammed into the ring dance, and knocked Annie and Kidlat on their bums. The basset hounds slobbered Annie and Sammy with wet recognition, and sniffed Kidlat sorting out his scent.

It took Annie a few tense moments to help the boy become accustomed to the energetic bassets. Derby and Squire were so excited to have a bunch of new aromas and snuffled happily at each of the ladies, tickling Divina and Riza’s sandaled toes.

Boris, the Russian wolfhound, strolled in. He flicked his long hair behind his ears and looked askance at our guests. The dog strutted to my side as if he were on the flirt at a cocktail party. He licked my hand and waggled his eyebrows. I swallowed a chuckle as he reminded me of a Shakespearean actor with his haughty stare and regal bearing. But I dare not laugh and insult his posturing.

Darcy returned to the kitchen buttoning a safari jacket. I noticed the bulge of a holster under his left arm and a small leather case strapped under his right arm. I guessed the smaller case contained the Red Rosary. He gave me a squeeze and kiss. All the pieces now in place, we were almost ready to depart.


To celebrate the publication of MISTER DARCY’S HONEYMOON  – I am giving away three E-book copies of MISTER DARCY’S HONEYMOON ~ US and International ~ Post a comment here to enter! The deadline is Thursday, August 30th at midnight EDST.

Once again, thank you all for making me feel so welcome.

With love and laughter,




17 Responses to Jane Austen and Monty Python

  1. Wonderful post. Looks like another winner. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway. Congratulations, Barbara.

  2. The first books were a lot of fun. Please enter me in the drawing for this book! Thanks for having a giveaway.

    • Coleen, Thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed them. Yes, you are entered by posting a comment. Have a wonderful day!

    • Deborah, Thank you… that makes me happy. 🙂 Later in the story Lizzie disguises her voice. She determines to hide her British accent by employing a blend of Spanish and Cockney. I had myself in stitches when I wrote the scene. 🙂

  3. Another great post, Barbara! I always find myself smiling before I even start to read your stories. Love the preview and can’t wait to read this one too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda, Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy Honeymoon. It’s a sweet story, with children, dogs, and ladies needing to be rescued. And of course, Lizzie being her slightly outspoken self. 🙂

  4. Barbara, This looks really fun. I’m glad the kids are still in the plot and of course Boris. You have the most zany sense of humor and I love it. Jen

    • Jenn, Thank you! I had so many wonderful comments about little Annie in the earlier books in the series, I just had to include her in this adventure. Who wouldn’t take two children and four dogs on their honeymoon?

  5. If this excerpt is anything to go by, readers are in for another great treat! Thank you, Barb!
    I love Monty Python too – very funny extract – although I would never have thought of comparing it with Jane Austen. Yes, now that you do it, I can see a similar dry wit!

    • Gerry, Thank you! I so enjoy the subversive and outrageous humor of Monty Python.I imagine Jane Austen would have loved hearing them take down the proud and pompous with double-edged insults and hidden puns.

  6. I loved the excerpt of your newest story, I can’t wait to read of the latest adventures of the Darcy’s and Dog’s.. especially Boris.. I love that dog! Jane did have a wonderful sense of humor, biting and dry.

    • Carmalee, Thank you! Wouldn’t it be lovely to go back in time and exchange witty chitchat with Jane? And yes, I love Boris the borzoi. That dog is all attitude. He thinks he is an international spy dog with a serious crush on Lizzie. He’s too funny.

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