I type this up as I am bundled in my thick fleece robe and socks to warm my feet. I consider the investment of fingerless gloves for writing. Are we experiencing a cold snap in Tidewater, Virginia? No. My husband has cranked up the air conditioning. Sigh. Women's winter, am I right? https://youtu.be/d2NNm8MTboA Would … Continue reading Mansfield Monday– Frozen Fanny
When little Fanny Price arrives at Mansfield Park everything is so different that she can do little but be terrified and shy. We are told no one meant to be mean. Nobody meant to be unkind, but nobody put themselves out of their way to secure her comfort. Her aunts and uncle tried talking with … Continue reading Mansfield Monday–Friends or family?
Every time I start to read Mansfield Park, I can't help but wonder what a prequel to the story would be like. We do not meet Fanny for a few chapters, and the beginning of Chapter One reaches back thirty years to the marriage Miss Maria Ward to Sir Thomas Bertram. About thirty years ago … Continue reading Mansfield Monday– The Miss Wards
How did Edmund Bertram ever realize he was in love with Fanny Price? Austen does not tell us much: Scarcely had he done regretting Mary Crawford, and observing to Fanny how impossible it was that he should ever meet with such another woman, before it began to strike him whether a very different kind of … Continue reading Thursday Three Hundred- The Change
Many readers wonder when Edmund fell in love with Fanny and how he could ever have loved Mary Crawford. Still, others hone in on the fact that Austen says Mary and Edmund had married, Fanny probably would have accepted Henry Crawford. But what sort of life would Mary and Edmund have had? Perhaps it is … Continue reading Tea Time Tattle–Could Edmund have been happy with Mary Crawford?
Continuing with our study of the romances in Austen’s works, it seemed fitting to discuss the idea of true love so close to Valentine’s Day. Among Fan Fiction readers of all genres, there is the idea of a “one true pairing” meaning an unbreakable romantic coupling that may or may not exist in the story … Continue reading Austen Writes Romance- One True Pairings
Okay, okay. I've been very bad about posting. I have been reading though! At first I thought I'd adjust to just recording my notes and general impressions by chapter but that's not working now as sometimes I can read a few chapters in a day and then can't read for a week, let alone take … Continue reading Falling for Fanny- Guest post by Leenie Brown