Symbolism in Pride and Prejudice

Symbolism in Pride and Prejudice

When people talk about what makes Jane Austen’s writings so marvelous, they usually mention her wit, her keen observations of society, and the vivid characters she creates. But I’d like to draw your attention to a lesser-known Austen quality: her use of symbols. One of the most obvious symbols in Pride and Prejudice is dancing.… more goodness …

Love Overcomes Prejudice

Love Overcomes Prejudice

As Jane Austen fans, we pretty much have no excuse for not knowing that love overcomes prejudice. We are used to it being romantic love that does the overcoming, though. But there are other kinds of love. What about friendship? Over a fortnight ago (yes, I’ve waited most of my life to use that word… 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 …

Gavelkind, Inheritance in Opposition of Primogeniture + Release of “Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep” + Excerpt + Giveaway

Gavelkind, Inheritance in Opposition of Primogeniture + Release of “Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep” + Excerpt + Giveaway

  In the past on Austen Authors, I discussed the 19th Century Entail and the legalities of primogeniture during the Regency period. Today, I am adding the exceptions to the practice of the eldest son inheriting everything. Customs throughout the world vary. Some peoples divide their land and moveable property equally among all the sons,… more goodness …

August Austen On Dit

August Austen On Dit

  Wow! July and the first half of August have already flown by! Can you believe it? My family is finallly getting to the beach this weekend! Just before school starts. What have you done this summer (or winter for our southern hemisphere readers!) Jane Austen Fan Fiction Releases Austen Author New Releases Author name,… 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 …