Author Archives: C.D. Gerard

The Good (Or not so good) Intentions of Caroline Bingley

The Good (Or not so good) Intentions of Caroline Bingley

Recently, on an Austen fan site, members were contemplating the motivations of Caroline Bingley, sister of Charles Bingley in “Pride And Prejudice.” Caroline gives advice to Elizabeth Bennett regarding the intentions of her newly-found friend George Wickham.  Why did Caroline try and explain to Elizabeth the relationship between Darcy and Wickham? Was it an attempt… more goodness …

Austen, Andrew Davies, and Happy Endings

Austen, Andrew Davies, and Happy Endings

SPOILER ALERT: Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel “Sandition” has aired in the United Kingdom, but will not air in the United States until January.  In this article, I will be discussing details of that production.     We know Jane Austen is famous for her happy endings.   It’s one of the things we… more goodness …

Princess Caroline, Jane Austen, and “The Regency Valentine.”

In my “Sense and Sensibility” sequel “The Daughters of Delaford,”  Marianne and the Colonel’s daughter Allegra, and Elinor and Edward’s daughter Grace, become important players in the historic events surrounding Princess Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales, and estranged wife of the Prince Regent.    After George III died in 1820, and the Prince Regent was… more goodness …

JAFF Controversy: Is it Unethical?

JAFF Controversy: Is it Unethical?

As a writer of Jane Austen Fan Fiction, I enjoy participating in various Austen fan groups online.  I like listening and exchanging ideas with those who have the same passion for all things Austen as I do.  A week or so ago, a JAFF author wrote on one of these JA fan sites that she… more goodness …

The Wives of Highbury, Part III

The Wives of Highbury, Part III

Eleanor Bates sat in an empty corner of the courtyard at Highbury.   She was at last able to escape all the wedding guests, none of whom she wished to speak with.   Having to smile and curtsey and try to make conversation was terrifying for her.  She was happiest alone in her room with her books… more goodness …

The Wives of Highbury Continues!

The Wives of Highbury Continues!

“I declare, I just don’t understand it,” said Elizabeth Weston.  “It is hard to fathom why a man like your friend Mr. Woodhouse would marry someone such as this Miss Brown.  I’m sure she is lovely and poised, but he could have had any number of girls with twice the breeding and the dowry.  He… more goodness …

The Wives of Highbury

The Wives of Highbury

This is the first installment of my new serial.  Enjoy! Miss Emily Brown stood before her mother’s looking glass.   The glass had been in her family for generations, which was clear from its condition.  The color was beginning to tarnish, and there were small cracks spiraling arbitrarily though the glass.    But Emily knew her mother… more goodness …

In Search of Mrs. Woodhouse

In Search of Mrs. Woodhouse

If you have read my previous blogs posts, you will know I have an interest in developing Jane Austen’s minor and more obscure characters.  I’ve enjoyed writing about Mrs. Dashwood, Mrs. Croft, Thomas Bertram and others.   But one character that has always piqued my imagination is Mrs. Woodhouse, mother of Emma. This is a challenge. … more goodness …

Discovering Eleanor Tilney – Austen Foils Part III

Discovering Eleanor Tilney – Austen Foils Part III

“Northanger Abbey” was the first novel Jane Austen completed in 1803. However, it was not published until after her death in 1817. The main character is Catherine Moreland, a young girl from a small town. From association with her wealthy neighbors the Allen’s, she is invited to Bath to partake in the winter season. There,… more goodness …

The Foils of Jane Austen: Part II – Thomas Bertram

The Foils of Jane Austen: Part II – Thomas Bertram

When you remember the characters of Austen’s “Mansfield Park,” who do you think of first?  It’s kind of a no-brainer.  We all know the story is centered around Fanny Price and her clergyman love, Edmund Bertram. But what pushes Fanny and Edmund’s moral and sensible personas to the forefront? The supporting characters present a cavalcade… more goodness …

The Foils of Jane Austen – Part I

The Foils of Jane Austen – Part I

The question of why we love Jane Austen so much has been pondered by many a scholar and reader over the past 200 years.   But if you ask ten people this question, you will surely get ten different answers. Some would say the plots are what they like best.  Others read and admire Austen for… more goodness …