Category Archives: Literary References

The Lack of “Reality” in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” ~ Does It Matter? + a Giveaway

The Lack of “Reality” in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” ~ Does It Matter? + a Giveaway

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we often think of the story as being a depiction of the Regency era. But does it truly speak to the time? If so, would not Elizabeth Bennet be more sensitive to her family’s situation? Our heroine turns down two proposals, both of which would “save” her family. Is… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Errors

Jane Austen’s Errors

Something very reassuring to the author of Jane Austen fan fiction is the knowledge that she made mistakes, too. As I begin reading through my editor’s notes on Being Mrs. Bennet (look for it this July), I’m reminding myself of how many errors appear in Austen’s printed works. This is particularly comforting to those of us… more goodness …

Why Not Cats?

Why Not Cats?

Somewhat inspired by Zoe Burton’s post from a couple of weeks ago about the therapy dog in her new JAFF (which sounds great, by the way) I started thinking about cats in Jane Austen. Wait, are there any? There are not, as far as I can tell, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t cats around… more goodness …

Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen’s Saucy Cousin and Sister in Marriage

Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen’s Saucy Cousin and Sister in Marriage

What do we know of Jane Austen’s cousin, Eliza de Feuillide, other than the fact she became Henry Austen’s wife?                    Austen’s sister in marriage was born in Calcutta, India, on 22 December 1761 to her British parents, Philadelphia Austen (sister of Jane Austen’s father, George) and… more goodness …

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Combing the internet for information on the life and times of Jane Austen sometimes leads to links in which the English author is mentioned in passing or as part of a broader story. More times than not, these side trips become worthwhile journeys of their own. Today we look at some of these online detours… more goodness …

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

Prejudice is generally viewed today as a negative trait Through its association with racism, it has acquired a particularly evil resonance in the U. S.; it’s hard to see anything redeeming here. But it wasn’t that simple in Jane Austen’s time. The key words in her most famous book were morally ambidextrous. Pride could mean… more goodness …

Age of Consent to Marry in Jane Austen’s World, or How Could Lydia Bennet Marry So Young? + a Giveaway

Age of Consent to Marry in Jane Austen’s World, or How Could Lydia Bennet Marry So Young? + a Giveaway

During the Regency, despite what some authors may include within the story line, the age of consent for females was twenty-one, not twenty-five as some would lead the reader to believe. Although I do not know from where the idea of the female having a guardian until age 25, what I assume is happening is… more goodness …

Foreign Invasion of Bath? Quelle Horreur!

Foreign Invasion of Bath? Quelle Horreur!

The lovely city of Bath, England, might be the most regular character in Jane Austen’s novels. Much romantic intrigue occurs there in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. A clergyman finds a wife there in Emma. The bad boys in the other three novels head in that direction—one known to have seduced a young woman there and… more goodness …

A Voidable Marriage in History: Marrying the Sister of One’s Late Wife or the Brother of One’s Late Husband + a Giveaway

A Voidable Marriage in History: Marrying the Sister of One’s Late Wife or the Brother of One’s Late Husband + a Giveaway

A plot we readers often encounter in historical romance set in the Regency Period is when the hero takes up with his late wife’s sister. But was it possible? “For most of the nineteenth century, the question of whether a man should be able to marry the sister of his deceased wife engaged the English… more goodness …