Jun 292012
 

What? The Exalted Lady Catherine is Rundown with a Carriage?!?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Having read and reviewed Matters at Mansfield by Carrie Bebris, Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst, and The Strange Marriage of Anne de Bourgh by Skylar Burris on this blog, it could be assumed that I have no small amount of sympathy and affection for Jane Austen’s “pale and sickly” character. Anne de Bourgh – growing up an only child, losing her father at a young age, living with a domineering mother, and being foisted upon her unwilling cousin – cannot help but invoke my sympathy and compassion! I do not believe her to be so sickly, I believe she is merely oppressed, intimidated, and friendless. And I love it when authors portray her overcoming her weak constitution, achieving her independence, and experiencing some romance.

Miss de Bourgh’s Adventure by Joan Ellen Delman is a sequel novella that explores what happens to Anne de Bourgh after the close of Pride and Prejudice. Taking her readers to Bath and running down Lady Catherine down with a negligent carriage driver, Ms. Delman creates a story that is exciting, humorous, and indeed an adventure! Is Lady Catherine going to make a full recovery? Is the handsome, charming, and wealthy Mr. Wynnewood in love with Anne? And what is the mystery behind Captain Turner’s lack of funds? One must read this novella to find out… Continue reading »

Aug 132011
 

 

Do you dream of devotion like Darcy’s? Does Henry Tilney’s wit make you go weak in the knees? Or do you prefer the unassuming goodness of Bingley, Bertram or Ferrars? Take my quiz below and find out…

Which Austen Man is YOUR Dream Lover?

A cautionary note: You may end up with Colonel Brandon though you are sure you belong with Mr. Darcy. You may end up with Edmund Bertram though you think him a tiresome wretch. You may feel some of my choices make no sense. I may agree with you next week. This quiz is for entertainment purposes only. So run mad as often as you chuse—and for whomever you chuse—but do not take this quiz seriously! (*Pen and paper is needed!*)

P.S. If you end up with Mr. Collins… you have no one to blame but yourself.

 

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A.  The classic movie star whose personality is most like mine is:

1 – Myrna Loy
2 – Katharine Hepburn
3 – Ingrid Bergman
4 – Loretta Young
5 – Marlene Dietrich
6 – Jean Arthur
7 – Olivia de Havilland
8 – Natalie Wood
9 – Judy Garland
10 – Thelma Ritter

B.  The classic male movie star whose personality appeals to me most is:

1 – Robert Mitchum
2 – Jimmy Stewart
3 – Gary Cooper
4 – Spencer Tracy
5 – Cary Grant
6 – Sidney Poitier
7 – Burt Lancaster
8 – Leslie Howard
9 – Clark Gable
10 – Larry, Moe, or Curly

C.  One of the virtues I consider essential in a man is:

1 – A great sense of humor
2 – A strong sense of honour
3 – A heap of good sense
4 – Unshakeable constancy
5 – Sweetness of temper
6 – That bad-boy allure
7 – A talent for writing charming long letters
8 – Moral judgment
9 – A hopelessly romantic nature
10 – The ability to flatter with delicacy

D.  In terms of looks and manner, my man must be:

1 – A very fine young man, with an impressive person, height, and air.
2 – Not handsome, but with a sensible countenance and a particularly gentlemanlike address.
3 – Wanting in graces of person or address; not handsome, and with manners that require intimacy to make them pleasing.
4 – Good looking and gentlemanlike, with a pleasant countenance.
5 – So captivating that he seems handsome even if he isn’t.
6 – A very fine man, with a tall, firm, upright figure, and natural grace.
7 – Rather tall, with a pleasing countenance, and a very intelligent & lively eye.
8 – Handsome, with a fine, tall person and noble mien.
9 – Very handsome, with a glowing, manly, open look.
10 – Tall and heavy-looking, with a grave and stately air, and very formal manners.

E.  Beyond his appearance and virtues, I want my man to possess:
1 – Exceptional acting talent

2 – More books than he ever looks into
3 – Two or three French cooks at least
4 – Regimentals
5 – An umbrella
6 – A ring with a plait of MY hair in it
7 – A thorough knowledge of farming
8 – A thorough knowledge of constellations
9 – A thorough knowledge of muslins
10 – I ask only a comfortable home, with a man of good character, connections, and situation in life

F.  To prove his devotion to me, my man would be willing to:
1 – Stand up to his father

2 – Stand up to his mother
3 – Stand up to his sisters
4 – Defend me against all his obnoxious family
5 – Put up with my father
6 – Put up with my mother
7 – Put up with my sister’s in-laws
8 – Put up with my husband
9 – Take me far away from the whole rotten miserable bunch of ’em
10 – I ask only a comfortable home, with a man of good character, connections, and situation in life.

G.  In addition, he would probably be prepared to:
1 – Fight a duel for me

2 – Choose my gowns for me
3 – Endure endless mortifications to spare me pain
4 – Make very convincing promises
5 – Assist my impoverished friend
6 – Prefer soft light eyes to sparkling dark ones
7 – Admit his mistakes
8 – Point out my mistakes
9 – Do whatever I ask (I’m sure I should never ask anything unreasonable)
10 – Allow me to perform the introductions in all social situations

H.  To prove my devotion to my man, I am prepared to:

1 – Learn to ride a horse and, perhaps, to play the harp
2 – Learn to love a flannel waistcoat
3 – Forgive his previously dreadful taste in women
4 – Be the only woman travelling on a ship with hundreds of lusty sailors
5 – Read real, solemn history
6 – Be kind to a talkative & tiresome spinster
7 – Take part in amateur theatricals
8 – Refrain from laughing at him (till after the wedding)
9 – Do anything he asks (I’m sure he would never ask anything unreasonable)
10 – Tolerate the impertinence of his esteemed patroness

I.  My man’s place is:

1 – A dark little room, strewed with books, guns, and greatcoats
2 – A great country manor
3 – The quarterdeck of a frigate
4 – Drury Lane
5 –  As far as possible from Exeter
6 – Within a stone’s throw of a knoll and a church
7 – Above me
8 – By my side
9 – At my feet
10 – Out of my sight whenever possible

 

Question
Choice
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
1.
a
h
i
g
e
i
h
g
i
2.
b
d
a
h
d
a
i
h
f
3.
c
a
b
a
f
d
f
a
c
4.
d
b
c
d
h
g
e
c
e
5.
e
i
d
e
c
b
c
i
a
6.
f
f
e
b
a
f
g
b
g
7.
g
c
f
i
b
h
a
e
b
8.
h
g
g
f
g
e
b
f
d
9.
i
e
h
c
i
c
d
d
h
10.
j
j
j
j
j
j
j
j
j

SCORING: Using the chart above convert your answers to the corresponding letter. Count up the number of a’s, b’s, c’s, etc. that you have. From the following list, select the letter that predominates in your answers to find out who your Austen Dream Man is:

a) Ferrars
b) Knightley
c) Wentworth
d) Bingley
e) Crawford
f) Darcy
g) Bertram
h) Brandon
i) Tilney
j) Collins

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