Jane the Historian

Tweet This morning I reread Jane Austen’s history “book” once again. It is such a very short and wonderfully written history! And so funny! Even though it is such a short piece of work I think it deserves more attention than, unfortunately, it is given. Sure you can finish it in about 15 minutes, but those, for me at least, are some very delightful 15 minutes! I believe Jane probably wrote it as an entertainment for her family (when she was 16). Indeed it is even dedicated to Cassandra, and she makes several references to various family members in it. … Continue reading

Quoting Jane Austen

Tweet As many of those who know me are aware of, I constantly find myself quoting Jane Austen in everyday conversations. Dragging quotes of her into any situation where I think they fit in. Both from the books and the films, and indeed often from other period dramas too. One of the ones I most frequently make use of is Captain Wentworth’s line “I neither know nor care” which you can find in the 1995 film version. It is a very useful quote, and I use it all the time when I really don’t know or care about something! My … Continue reading


Tweet …autumn, that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which has drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling. – Persuasion Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

Little Women poem

Tweet This poem from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is one which I very much like. In the book it is in the second to last chapter, the one entitled Under the Umbrella. I like it because I think it is such a sweet and beautiful poem. And it shows so clearly the different personalities of the four March sisters, except I think Jo is a little bit hard on herself. In the book Jo says “It’s very bad poetry” about this piece. And maybe if you look at it in a professional poetical way it is, I don’t know … Continue reading

Step into my rose garden

Tweet One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. – Dale Carnegie God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. – J. M. Barrie Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Kerr The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious … Continue reading

More on letters

Tweet Since I wrote my post Is letter writing a lost art? I have been thinking about that subject now and then. Just about the subject in general, and about different letters that appear in books. It is often that letters fills an important place in novels from bygone days, conveying significant information for the plot. Just take some of Jane’s books for example. In Pride and Prejudice we have Mr. Darcy’s long letter that he writes to Elizabeth, explaining himself and reveling to us the truth about Mr. Wickham. Later on Elizabeth receives another letter, from Jane, informing her … Continue reading

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