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The Characterization of Elinor Dashwood in Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”

Austen began writing Elinor and Marianne as an epistolary novel in 1795. It was published as Sense and Sensibility in 1811. The novel set the tone for many of Austen’s titles: defiance of the social and economic barriers to marriage and … Continue reading

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The Character of John Willoughby in Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”

John Willoughby is one of Dashwood family’s country neighbors in Devon in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, but what do we know of the character. He and Sir John Middleton are like bookends in the country society.  Willoughby literally sweeps … Continue reading

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Exogamous and Endogamous Marriages in Austen’s Works

Brittanica.com defines an “endogamous marriage” as the custom enjoining one to marry within one’s own group, while Wikipedia says “endogamy” is the practice of marrying within a specific ethnic group, class, or social group, rejecting others on such a basis … Continue reading

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The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used the Tradition as a Plot Device

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used It as a Plot Device In the 1800s, morning calls or visiting upon a household developed a certain protocol, and those who broke protocol were often shunned. First a calling card … Continue reading

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Not Celebrating Birthdays with Jane Austen

November birthdays are very important in the Jeffers’ household: They include my mother, my son, and my grandson, and that is not counting extended family and friends. As I was out buying “How to Train Your Dragon” decorations and toys … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Publishing Options, or Being a Female Writer in the Regency Era

Publishing Options for Women During Jane Austen’s Lifetime Novels during the early Regency were geared toward the female reader; therefore, the door opened, if only a crack for the female writer to step through. The female writers of the time … Continue reading

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The Real Life Influences Upon Jane Austen’s Novels

As authors of historical fiction, we take great pleasure in a research “tidbit,” which introduces our fictional characters to historical figures. I, for example, have introduced John Loudon McAdam, the father of the modern road, to the readers of A Touch of … Continue reading

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