A little sea-bathing will NOT set me up forever

A little sea-bathing will NOT set me up forever

This is, I suppose, the inevitable post in my series on those towns offering water-based cures in the 18th and 19th centuries. For while drinking and bathing in spa water had quite a good run, eventually they were overtaken by a new cure: sea-bathing. The transition from spa towns to seaside resorts was not absolute,… more goodness …

Why Have Colonel Fitzwilliam?

Why Have Colonel Fitzwilliam?

It can be postulated that Colonel Fitzwilliam served multiple purposes in Pride & Prejudice aside from his one, main, purpose: letting Elizabeth know that Darcy separated Jane and Bingley. These other functions include: Fitzwilliam confirms Darcy’s statement about his sister, Georgiana, nearly eloping with Wickham. Although the actual confirmation is a slight reaction to Elizabeth’s… more goodness …

Far From the Austen Crowd

Far From the Austen Crowd

Recently, I re-read Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy as it was my book group’s selection for January. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it to you. For those of us who love 19th century English literature beyond Jane Austen, Madding Crowd is one of the best of the Victorian period in my opinion.… more goodness …

Who is Caroline Bingley and Why Would the Colonel Love Her? [+excerpt +giveaway]

Who is Caroline Bingley and Why Would the Colonel Love Her? [+excerpt +giveaway]

Into every story a little research must fall. Where have you heard that before? 😀 Yes, I am going there again, but this time I am not looking at outside sources, although I could. I did look up information on Christmas in the Regency Era and the titles of a few different pieces of literature… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Time for another Pride and Prejudice “goofs” post. Today we’re taking a closer look at the 1979/1980 made-for-TV series starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul. Searching for errors in the various adaptations strikes me as akin to the “follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies” kind of fun that Elizabeth Bennet herself loves to laugh over.… more goodness …

The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball and the Battle of Waterloo

The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball and the Battle of Waterloo

On June 15, 1815, perhaps the most famous (or infamous) ball in history was held. The Duchess of Richmond’s ball is generally regarded as the event in which Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, was informed of the advance of French forces into the kingdom of the Netherlands. This is somewhat accurate. In March of 1815,… more goodness …

What Was Darcy Thinking?

What Was Darcy Thinking?

My experiences as a Love Investigator—having personally interviewed over 500 men—prompted me to imagine what Darcy might have been thinking as he left the Hunsford parsonage after his horrific attempt at offering for Elizabeth Bennet’s hand. Taking what I had learned from my six years of travel, exploring the minds of men, I decided to… more goodness …