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A Marriage of Convenience as a Plot Point in Jane Austen’s Novels

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. The Dashwood sisters found … Continue reading

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“I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me” – Dance as a Plot Device in Jane Austen’s Novels

  “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” (Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 3) During Austen’s time, young people looked for a potential mate at dances. Austen, herself, enjoyed a good dance, and, therefore, she … Continue reading

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Happy February Birthdays to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

These fabulous Thespians have brought us hours of viewing fun in Austen-inspired films. Happy Birthday!        9 February – Ciarán Hinds, who portrayed Captain Frederick Wentworth in 1995’s Persuasion 15 February – Jane Seymour, who portrayed Mrs Wattlesbrook … Continue reading

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References to Austen’s Life and Writing in the Film “Becoming Jane”

Becoming Jane is an imaginative, romantic tale that captures Jane Austen’s spirit, while playing with the truth. Many of us who delve in Austen-inspired literature write our own “what if” stories, but one must be able to suspend reality and accept … Continue reading

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A Jane Austen Time Line

1764-The Reverend George Austen marries Cassandra Leigh. They take up residence at Deane Parsonage in Hampshire. 1765 (to 1819) – Brother James was born. Like his sister, James had literary aspirations, but he never knew even the success than Jane could … Continue reading

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Happy 240th Birthday, Jane Austen – 16 December 1775 – What I Learned from Jane Austen.

(This post was originally published on December 16, 2010. I could not permit Austen’s birthday to pass without notice.) It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen remains an inspiration to throngs of readers more than two centuries after … Continue reading

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How Was It to Shop in Market Towns and Villages of Early 1800s England?

Needless to say there would not be street vendors, but rather peddlers, who would travel from village to village, selling their ware. “A peddler, in British English pedlar, also known as a canvasser, cheapjack, monger, higler or solicitor (with negative connotations … Continue reading

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