Category Archives: Literary References

More Questions—More Answers!—on Austen’s Life and Times

More Questions—More Answers!—on Austen’s Life and Times

Last month’s pop quiz was so much fun that we’ll do another one today. These questions go somewhat further afield, so they may tax your Regency knowledge. As before, there’s no rhyme or reason to topic order. Today’s quiz has twenty-five questions. The answers appear below each question to avoid vertigo from excessive scrolling. Ratings:… more goodness …

Numerous Scandals Associated with Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall

Numerous Scandals Associated with Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall

The official Brocket Hall website tells us, “Brocket Hall has one of the most intriguing of any of the great houses of Britain. Indeed the scent of scandal can be found in the fabric of the building back to its roots in the 13th Century right up to the present day.” If you are a fan of… more goodness …

Mirrors of the Mind, Part One

Mirrors of the Mind, Part One

His countenance, voice, and manner had established him at once in the possession of every virtue. She tried to recollect some instance of goodness, some distinguished trait of integrity or benevolence, that might rescue him from the attacks of Mr. Darcy; or at least, by the predominance of virtue, atone for those casual errors, under… more goodness …

Pop Quiz for All You Students Suffering Spring Fever

Pop Quiz for All You Students Suffering Spring Fever

Today brings a little fun and games in celebration of spring. (It comes late to the high desert in Oregon. Our trees are just now in bloom. See the dogwood by the headline.) Today’s blog features a quiz on a variety of Jane Austen topics. There’s no rhyme or reason to topics or order. The… more goodness …

The Lyrical Roots of Writing

The Lyrical Roots of Writing

I offer two selections from the redoubtable H.L. Mencken in defense of my thesis. The first is an opening salvo. Who ever heard of a bad autobiography? That is, a bad honest one? I can scarcely imagine it. And, two sentences later still in the same paragraph… (For there is a dreadful fascination with the… more goodness …

Survey of Janeites, Thoughts on the Results

Survey of Janeites, Thoughts on the Results

In 2008, the Jane Austen Society of North America took a survey of its membership about Austen’s characters. I’ve come across the results several times. I thought I’d recap them here and offer a few thoughts of my own. Fully one-third of Janeites read three or more of Austen’s books in a year. Eleven percent… more goodness …

Baptism and Christening in the Regency Era + an Excerpt and Giveaway from “Lady Chandler’s Sister: Book 3 of the Twins’ Trilogy”

Baptism and Christening in the Regency Era + an Excerpt and Giveaway from “Lady Chandler’s Sister: Book 3 of the Twins’ Trilogy”

I have left my Austen bonnet at home today, but I have kept my Regency one. Today, I would like to introduce you to my latest release, Lady Chandler’s Sister. This is book three of my Twins’ Trilogy. I know many of you were kind to read and review both Angel Comes to the Devil’s… 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 …

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (2008)

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (2008)

This adaptation of Sense and Sensibility was screen-written by Andrew Davies and released on the BBC in the UK and under the Masterpiece Classic banner as a PBS series in the United States.  I have owned the DVD for many years, but it had been several years since I watched it prior to preparing for this… more goodness …

Twists and Turns Between First and Last Words

Twists and Turns Between First and Last Words

Every author engages in several practices and methods that are loosely gathered under the heading of “process.” Many of my friends are inveterate outliners. Others keep copious notes which end up on white boards or tacked to cork. Then there are those who carefully lay down their ideas in notebooks. I am no different…except for… more goodness …

Jane Austen and the Concept of Accepting a Marriage of Convenience

Jane Austen and the Concept of Accepting a Marriage of Convenience

What hope was there for the dowerless daughters of the middle class during Jane Austen’s lifetime? Such is a topic Austen explored repeatedly in her novels. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet sought men of a like mind, but their lack of fortune limited their exposure to such men. The Dashwood sisters found their choices limited by… 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 …