Elizabeth Bennet, Barrister, Part 2

     By Deborah Guyol   Elizabeth displays her most impressive debating skills in her encounter with Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who has come to warn her against marriage to Darcy. Here at the start of the encounter we see … Continue reading

Elizabeth Bennet, Barrister, Part 1

By Deborah Guyol     Of course I’ve always wanted to be Elizabeth Bennet, from the moment I first encountered her on the page. But in my younger days, I confess, I was most taken by the fact that Fitzwilliam Darcy, … Continue reading

Being Elizabeth Bennet

By Pamela Jane I was a kid who hated school, so any book that was assigned in English was automatically suspect.  As a senior, we were assigned Silas Marner and Wuthering Heights, so predictably I decided these books were obsolete and had nothing … Continue reading

The Fabulous Cat Museum of San Francisco

Thanks to the fabulous Cat Museum of San Francisco for this image of Edward Gorey with his cats. It makes us think of Mr. Bennet in his library, escaping household craziness. Or is this Mr. Bennet, losing himself in a … Continue reading

Jane in the morning and Jane at Night!

I fell asleep listening to Emma the other night on my iPod, and woke up listening to Hitler.  Struggled to wake myself up and out of the nightmare but didn’t quite succeed.  I realized in the morning that Emma had … Continue reading

An Elizabeth Bennet Moment

Have you ever experienced have an Elizabeth Bennet moment?  Or, more specifically, an Elizabeth-Bennet-defies-Lady-Catherine-moment, the experience of “saying the thing you mean to say at the moment you mean to say it.”* Or maybe you didn’t say what you meant … Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Jane

Jane Austen is one of the ten reasons I’m glad I’m alive.  Or maybe even one of five, right up there with love, the silliness of cats, and morning light in the trees. When I think about Jane Austen I … Continue reading

A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (and Kitties!) CHRISTMAS

Here’s the question – do cats understand Christmas? Perhaps they’ve heard stories of Santa Claus, a jolly old elf who flies around making mischief  delivering gifts. “But what does it do for me?” one might ask. Linus, for example, pictured above, … Continue reading

PUMPKINS AT PEMBERLEY

We have searched the great houses of Pride and Prejudice – Pemberley, Rosings, Netherfield Park – and lesser houses such as Longbourn and the humble parsonage of Mr. Collins. But we have not found pumpkins, or indeed any other indication that the … Continue reading