Harriet, the Gypsies, and Me

Harriet, the Gypsies, and Me

  Do you remember the scene in Emma where a party of Gypsies attack Harriet and her friend? It’s just a tiny episode in chapter 39,and may seem almost comical to the modern audience. After all, this party of Gypsies consists of “half a dozen children, headed by a stout woman and a great boy.”… more goodness …

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Today I’d like to tell you about George Austen, the brother you never knew Jane had. George Austen, Jane Austen’s second oldest brother, was born in 1766, and from an early age he displayed some sort of disability that made him noticeably different from other children. We don’t know exactly what this disability was. We… more goodness …

Lady Catherine’s neighbors & excerpt

Lady Catherine’s neighbors & excerpt

Last month’s post included an excerpt of Elizabeth’s love for architecture and viewing a glimpse of Knole House. This month’s is about the house and its residents. Jane Austen only gives us a few passages about Rosings and even less about the surrounding area. We know nothing about the village of Hunsford. In Mr. Collins’… more goodness …

Selling Jane Austen

Selling Jane Austen

For someone who has been dead for 200 years, Jane Austen is pretty popular. Her image and quotations adorn all kinds of items—from t-shirts to tea towels—and the Jane Austen “industry” seems to encompass an ever-expanding range of merchandise. In my sojourns through the internet I’ve found some unusual Jane-related items. Below I’ve displayed the… more goodness …