Category Archives: Research

Coffeehouses, Finances, Tom Bertram, and an Angel in Disguise

Coffeehouses, Finances, Tom Bertram, and an Angel in Disguise

There was comfort also in Tom, who gradually regained his health, without regaining the thoughtlessness and selfishness of his previous habits. He was the better forever for his illness. He had suffered, and he had learned to think: two advantages that he had never known before; and the self-reproach arising from the deplorable event in… more goodness …

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Despite growing up in the UK, I don’t actually like tea very much. I’ll drink it to be polite (with lots of milk and a couple of spoons of sugar) when the only alternative is coffee, which I despise even more, but give me a hot chocolate or a glass of juice or iced water any day. Still,… 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 …

Happy Valentine’s Day + Giveaway! +

Happy Valentine’s Day + Giveaway! +

Hello Everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day! That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day. A day all about romance and love, which means you’re in the perfect place. To me, romance goes hand in hand with poetry. So, here is my favorite romantic poem. (At least, to me it’s romantic. I’ve heard other interpretations, but I like my romantic… more goodness …

Let’s Have a Frost Fair!

Let’s Have a Frost Fair!

Here in Calgary, Canada, we’ve been pretty lucky this winter. Though we had some snow and cold in November and early December, since then it’s been largely mild temperatures and very little snow. That’s certainly welcome if you hate shoveling the white stuff off your driveway! Unfortunately, winter has caught up with us, leading to… more goodness …

Setting and Social Status in Austen’s Novels

Setting and Social Status in Austen’s Novels

We all are aware that Austen wrote what she knew. Most authors do, except perchance those who write paranormal or science fiction or fantasy (although I would argue that these made-up worlds have similarities to the present day) and to an extent, historical fiction, but even with historical fiction, I often include something that occurred… more goodness …

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

  Back in late November, a story was bouncing around in my head, and as any good Muse does, my inner voice kept telling me I needed to write this one. As many of you know, my Pride and Prejudice vagaries generally stay as close to canon as I can get them. Even my vampiric… more goodness …

Fascinating Objects From the Past

Fascinating Objects From the Past

I love weird stuff! Especially those weird things from the past. I also greatly appreciate the beauty and artistry of even the simplest object from long ago. Our modern, fast-paced, factory produced industries — while wonderful in so many ways (lower cost being a big bonus) — typically do not create with the skill and attention to aesthetics… more goodness …