Author Archives: Paisley James

A Disastrous Proposal

A Disastrous Proposal

  We all know that Jane Austen wrote two of the most disastrous proposals in Pride and Prejudice. The first one was made by Mr. Colins and the second by Mr. Darcy and, of course, poor Lizzy was the unfortunate recipient of both. Every time I read the proposals or watch them in my favourite… more goodness …

To be a Fly on the Wall

To be a Fly on the Wall

Hi all Today, I simply want to share one of my favourite scenes from To Love and Cherish. The scene takes place in Mr. Darcy’s study, where he and Lord Paisley have a very honest conversation about Georgiana. Of course, there is a lot of romantic declaration in the scene, but the reason I like this… more goodness …

First Impressions

First Impressions

As Jane Austen fans, we all know that Pride and Prejudice’s original title was First Impressions. I often think about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s first meeting and how central their first impression of each other is to the entire story. I think their first meeting is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it is not only Elizabeth’s… more goodness …

The Music Behind the Scenes

The Music Behind the Scenes

  As writers, we are inspired by many different things. Sometimes it’s the places we visit. Sometimes it’s the people we meet. Most often it is a combination of different things. One of the things I am most inspired by is music. When I hear a nice piece of music or a beautiful song, I… more goodness …

Mothers Know Best

Mothers Know Best

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I want to take this opportunity to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely moms out there. I also think that in honour of Mother’s Day, it is only fitting that we talk about the most embarrassing and most memorable mother in Austen’s novels, Mrs. Bennet. She is arguably… more goodness …

On Sibling Bond and Affection

On Sibling Bond and Affection

Today’s post is inspired by the National Siblings Day, which was on April 10th. I have two siblings myself; an older brother and a younger sister, and I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the special bond and affection that exists between siblings. Austen’s stories are full of examples of sibling love. I think the best… more goodness …

“A little sea-bathing would set me up for ever.”

“A little sea-bathing would set me up for ever.”

As you are reading this blog, I am digging my toes in the sand and soaking up the sun in sunny Mexico. I live in Canada and having just gone through a long, snowy winter, I truly appreciate the hot days, the beautiful sun and the gorgeous ocean here in Mexico. There is something so… more goodness …

A Gentleman’s Gentleman

A Gentleman’s Gentleman

  Valets and maids played an integral part in the dynamics of the household during the Regency era. Often times, a lady’s maid knew more about her than her closest relatives or even her husband. And I’d like to think that despite their hierarchical differences, a gentleman and his valet would have to have a… more goodness …

Sarcasm, Humour or Wit?

Sarcasm, Humour or Wit?

According to Merriam-Webster, humour is “the mental faculty of discovering, expressing, or appreciating the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous: the ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny,” sarcasm is “a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain,” and wit is “the ability to relate seemingly… more goodness …

Feminism and Feminine Sensibilities

Feminism and Feminine Sensibilities

Among Jane Austen’s books, Pride and Prejudice is my favourite, with Persuasion following not too far behind. It is not only that I find these two books the most romantic of Jane Austen’s stories, but that I think the main characters of both stories have such depth to them. Every time I read these books,… more goodness …