Author Archives: C.D. Gerard

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 …