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
I bet you know a few of Jane Austen's opening lines. Critics will tell you the first sentence of a novel is crucial, even in a world where readers are browsing in the book stores and picking up books at random less and less. Today's online buyer will typically select the genre and category before … Continue reading Theme Thursday– Opening lines
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?
Jane Austen's books center around a heroine who searches for identity and love. Spoiler alert: everyone gets married. For this month's theme, I don't want to focus on those couples. Instead, I want to look at the others who make marriages in the novel while the heroine is still searching for Mr. Right. I believe … Continue reading Austen’s Brides- Mr. Right Now