A Little Austen Fun

A Little Austen Fun

This is a short post today because… It feels like a little smile is just the thing on a Wednesday.

Fall has begun, I think. The kids are back in school… Well, two out of my three. One leaves for college tomorrow so it’s been the wait…wait…okay now hurry and pack scenario around here.

But I have assigned him full kitchen cleaning duty, grocery shopping and all odd chores so that I can get a little work done. I’m writing a story right now that incorporates a bit of Austen – in a modern context – and I’m digging into some of the fun…

Like that tiny scene in Pride and Prejudice in which Lizzy follows Darcy and the Bingley sisters down the lane, then skipping off because… well, they weren’t being very nice.

Or… Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey trying to get Catherine Moreland to think for herself by proposing the ridiculous notion that marriage was the same as dancing. Really most Henry’s conversations are funny.

And… Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility trying to find anything and everything in the kitchen to entice Marianne to health and heal her broken heart.

What are some of your favorite scenes? Not necessarily the “big moments” but the little ones that simply capture your heart… I’d love to hear about them.


6 Responses to A Little Austen Fun

  1. That scene in the gardens of Netherfield is one of my favorites too, largely because of this quote: “No, no; stay where you are. You are charmingly grouped, and appear to uncommon advantage. The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a fourth. Good-bye”

    This passage refers to the artistic landscaping ideals of the era, where sheep, cattle or deer were considered to be an important part of the prospect. The preference for a group of animals in a scene was, for artistic reasons, to be an odd number. Three or five cattle, for example, was charming, while four was not pleasing to the eye. If you look at the landscape art from that era, this principle is applied there also. Readers of that era would have understood instinctively from the reference that Elizabeth essentially called them cows before she happily danced away.

    And that is one of the treasures of Austen. She really does weave so much meaning into every word. Lovely post, Katherine.

  2. I love the little things about Austen too! There’s too many to choose from. One of my favorite lines from Elizabeth Bennet to Jane about her first impression of Mr. Bingley, “I give you leave to like him. You’ve liked many a stupider person.” I think that was when I fell in love with Lizzy. Witty and such the bratty sister!

  3. One of my favorite statements in Pride and Prejudice comes when Mr. Bennet discusses Mr. Wickham’s willingness to marry Lydia. I love the last line in this exchange:

    “I mean, that no man in his senses would marry Lydia on so slight a temptation as one hundred a year during my life, and fifty after I am gone.”

    “That is very true,” said Elizabeth; “though it had not occurred to me before. His debts to be discharged, and something still to remain! Oh! it must be my uncle’s doings! Generous, good man, I am afraid he has distressed himself. A small sum could not do all this.”

    “No,” said her father; “Wickham’s a fool if he takes her with a farthing less than ten thousand pounds. I should be sorry to think so ill of him, in the very beginning of our relationship.”

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