“Oh, poor Lydia. Poor, stupid girl.” – Elizabeth Bennet BBC P&P (’95)

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Poor Mrs. Bennet!

We’re always deriding her, but how would you feel if not only your income but your house AND its furnishings were entailed? And, as we know, Mrs. B. “would be ashamed of having [an estate] that was only entailed on me.” … Continue reading

Lady Cat(herine) Get Her Claws out!

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Why Austen and Cats?

I have no idea why or how I came up with idea of Pride and Prejudice and Kitties – a thoroughly ridiculous idea at best!  But then, Jane herself has an appreciation of the ridiculous.  And I like having fantasies about … Continue reading

A Writer’s Inner Cosmos or Don’t Underestimate Yourself!

Note: This post was originally published in a slightly altered form at womensmemoirs.com. My late kitty, Mittens, didn’t have much personality.  As my friend and co-author, Debbie, once observed, “he’s one notch above a stuffed animal.”  I argued for two … Continue reading

Wickham or the Nameless Narrator of The Aspern Papers?

I brought this hat back from Venice when we were living in Florence a few years ago.  I know – it’s more of a Henry James than a Jane Austen thing.  Mittens has that world-weary look of the perpetual traveler. … 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