Author Archives: Nancy Lawrence

A Nod and a Smile

A Nod and a Smile

In Jane Austen’s time great emphasis was placed on good manners. For the upper classes, proper etiquette (along with money and property) was what helped distinguish the rich and well bred from everyone else. In our world, it’s good manners to walk up to someone at a social gathering and introduce yourself and strike up… more goodness …

Mr. Darcy: A Man with a Plan

Mr. Darcy: A Man with a Plan

There are two scenes in the 1995 BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice” that have always captured my imagination. Neither scene appears in Jane Austen’s original novel, or in any other movie or TV adaptation. They’re very short transition scenes that occur back-to-back late in the film. Both scenes take place at Pemberley. Elizabeth Bennet… more goodness …

Write, Stick, Color, Repeat

Write, Stick, Color, Repeat

We’ve had previous posts on the Austen Authors blog about Jane Austen themed gifts and goodies to buy, from blankets to coffee cups, playing cards to bed pillows. I’ve bought a few of those things myself. They’re nice to have; but what really catches my eye and makes my hand go for my credit card… more goodness …

Confessions of a Lookie-Loo

Confessions of a Lookie-Loo

I have a confession to make: I’m a Lookie-Loo. Lookie-Loos are people who masquerade as potential homebuyers but have no real intention of ever buying; they’re just curious to see the inside of a house that’s listed for sale. The TV series “Portlandia” spoofed the concept in a 2015 episode: But my Lookie-Loo tendencies don’t… more goodness …

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Caregiver

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Caregiver

I’ve lost count over the years of the number of times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice. It seems, though, that every time I read it, I find something new to ponder or appreciate. It happened again when I re-read the book last month, and reached one of my favorite parts in the story: Darcy’s disastrous… more goodness …

An American’s English Christmas

An American’s English Christmas

One of the best descriptions we have of English Christmas traditions during Jane Austen’s life comes—ironically—from an American. You probably know about Washington Irving, the American author who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. But in 1815, at the age of 32, Washington Irving arrived in England to conduct some business… more goodness …

Should Darcy Stay … or Should He Go?

Should Darcy Stay … or Should He Go?

In the closing paragraphs of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen gave us a few hints about what happened to her beloved characters after she wrote “The End” on the last page of her manuscript. Those tantalizing little breadcrumbs she tossed to us have helped spark many a Jane Austen-inspired sequel! One of her hints concerned Mr.… more goodness …