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Miss Georgiana Darcy has tagged me!
This is a tag with very elevenish rules:
1. Post these rules
2. Post 11 random things about yourself (optional)
3. Answer the questions the tagger posted for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them that they have been tagged
Here are the 11 random things about me.
- Purple is my favorite color. I prefer a dark, rich purple to a lighter lavender color.
- I just switched my Jane Austen blog from WordPress to Blogger. I’m slowly but surely adapting myself to Blogger.
- I have the whole set (almost!) of the Elsie Dinsmore series.
- My favorite breakfast food to make is coffeecake. I’m really good at it (IMHO).
- I love reading books by the Brontë sisters – I just finished Agnes Grey and I loved it.
- I entered a giveaway today.
- I love, love, love music – classical, from a Jane Austen film, just anything beautiful.
- My favorite blog is Old-Fashioned Charm.
- I started blogging a little over a year ago.
- My shoe size is a woman’s twelve.
- Little Dorrit is my favorite movie. Period.
Here are Miss Darcy’s questions.
- If you could meet a character from a book in real life, who would you meet?
- What is the worst movie you’ve ever watched?
- What is your favorite color?
- Who makes you laugh the most?
- What do you think it would feel like to fly?
- Have you ever met a famous person?
- How many blogs do you have?
- Have you ever read a book by one of the Brontës?
- What fictional place would you most like to travel to?
- How many followers do you have on your blog?
- What is your favorite literary quote?
Since I never like leaving people out, I tag everyone. If you happen to stumble across my blog, feel free to think yourself tagged (because you are).
I’m going to do a short series of my favorite Jane Austen film proposal scenes. There will be three. Note: All of the posts in this series will contain serious spoilers.
My first proposal scene will be…
Pride and Prejudice 2005!
I love this scene. It’s so beautiful – the sun rising and coming up between them (by the way, that was pure accident – but what a lovely accident!) And the script is wonderful too. Let’s compare the script and the book.
LIZZIE: I couldn’t sleep
DARCY: Nor I. My aunt?
He stops, looking wretched.
LIZZIE Yes. She was here.
DARCY: How can I ever make amends for such behavior?
LIZZIE: After what you have done for Lydia and for all I know, for Jane also, it is I who should be making amends.
Darcy looks at her for one deep moment.
DARCY: You must know – surely you must know, that it was all for you.
Lizzie is still as stone.
DARCY: (cont’ d) You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my Aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I had scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me forever.
Lizzie is silent.
DARCY: (cont’d) If, however, your feelings have changed. .
Darcy looks at her. Something in her eyes gives him confidence.
DARCY: (cont’ d) I could, I would have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul and I love and love and love you. And never wish to be parted from you from this day on.
Lizzie looks at him very serious, very simple.
LIZZIE: Well, then.
Darcy takes a step towards her, one hand stretched out. Lizzie takes hold of his fingers.
LIZZIE: (cont’d) You’re hands are cold.
Darcy nods. Their heads touch as the sun rises behind them.
“Mr. Darcy, I am a very selfish creature; and, for the sake of giving relief to my own feelings, care not how much I may be wounding your’s. I can no longer help thanking you for your unexampled kindness to my poor sister. Ever since I have known it, I have been most anxious to acknowledge to you how gratefully I feel it. Were it known to the rest of my family, I should not have merely my own gratitude to express.”
“I am sorry, exceedingly sorry,” replied Darcy, in a tone of surprise and emotion, “that you have ever been informed of what may, in a mistaken light, have given you uneasiness. I did not think Mrs. Gardiner was so little to be trusted.”
“You must not blame my aunt. Lydia’s thoughtlessness first betrayed to me that you had been concerned in the matter; and, of course, I could not rest till I knew the particulars. Let me thank you again and again, in the name of all my family, for that generous compassion which induced you to take so much trouble, and bear so many mortifications, for the sake of discovering them.”
“If you will thank me,” he replied, “let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you.”
Elizabeth was too much embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. Myaffections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”
Elizabeth, feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances. The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable.
I think that both the book and the script have their undeniable merits and I like both of them very, very much. (Although I must say the script was more romantic.)
Someone was very clever putting this together…
I made this myself.
I have a blogging weakness. (Actually I have several but we won’t get into that right now.) Whenever my readers post delightful, well thought out comments (not the generic “nice post” comments), I want to post them and let the whole world see their cleverness. Usually I resist but in this instance I couldn’t (or wouldn’t).
You remember the post I did a few days ago about Pride and Prejudice 2005? (I also did a page, but that’s another matter.) Anyway, I received a lot of comments on this post, all by one person – Maria Elisabeth of Miss Georgiana Darcy. Now if there’s one thing I like, it’s a good discussion, especially by comments on my blog. And Maria did just that. She challenged my to a verbal duel and I accepted. Here is our discussion:
Maria – I, ahem! respectfully disagree on which adaptation is the best. But to each her own, right? Now will you tell us why you like 2005 P&P better than the 1995 P&P? Because I love arguing, *coughs again* I mean debating.
Me – The reason I think 2005 is the best is a manyfold reason.
1. Kiera Knightley has all the vigor, wit, and playfulness that Elizabeth Bennet should have – and fine eyes to boot.
2. Matt Macfayden is the perfect Mr. Darcy. The right mixture of shyness (as in the book – “You are right, none of us perform to strangers.”) and pride, mixed with a passionate love for Elizabeth Bennet.
3. The cimeotography and music are delicous and beautiful. I love listening to the soundtrack and the scenery (Liz on top of the world.) is breathtaking.
4. IT’S THE BEST!
Now despise me if you dare.
Maria – Indeed I do not dare, but I will argue with you anyways.
1: Kiera Knightley does have vigor and wit, but to me she has too much modern ‘rebelliousness’ and is a little too rude sometimes. Elizabeth is witty and sometimes borders on the uncivil, but not downright rude. She does have fine eyes, but then, so does Jennifer Ehle.
2: Matthew Macfayden’s Mr. Darcy gets the shyness very well, but, in my opinion, not the pride. I’m trying to remember a single instance where what Elizabeth thought was his pride can’t be traced to something else. In this he doesn’t seem to have ‘no improper pride’, he has no pride. And it makes Elizabeth’s opinion of his seem even more ridiculously ill-founded than it actually is.
3: I won’t disagree with you on this. The scenery is beautiful, although it annoyed me that to put in the scenery they changed the settings of many of the scenes. Isn’t Jane Austen good enough for them? I listen to the soundtrack regularly, and love it almost as much as the 1995 soundtrack.
4: It……….. isn’t.
5: WARNING: TOTAL RANDOMNESS AHEAD There’s one thing in the proposal scene I don’t like. Matthew Macfayden’s shirt. It isn’t even done up, and he’s not wearing a cravat. (I have this thing about cravats, actually.) What the use of a proposal scene if the hero’s not wearing a cravat? END OF RANDOMNESS
Me – I will of course respect your views but I won’t agree with them.
I must confess that I never saw any bad manners of Lizzy (examples, please). But of course when you think that P and P 1995 is the best you just look for faults (sorry, just saying). Matt Macfayden is not as full of pride as Colin Firth but he does have his moments (the first proposal, when Elizabeth and him are talking at Netherfield, etc.).
I will admit that P and P 2005 does have some faults.
1. Pigs in the Bennet’s house? No way!
2. Mr. Bingley would never go into Jane’s bedroom even to see how she was doing and even if Elizabeth was there. In those days, a lady’s reputation was everything.
4. Elizabeth Bennet often has her hair down – another Regency no-no.
However, I still will stick to my opinions and you may stick to yours.
Good day, Madam.
P.S. About that total bit of randomness, I don’t blame you. Cravats – oh my! But, I still enjoyed that scene very much…
Maria – The reason I wasn’t focusing on the good points of both movies is because they have so many and that would get really beside the point.
Argument aside, I will confess that I did love the 2005 P&P. Not as much as the 1995 one, but still quite a bit. And I’m even putting one of your buttons on my sidebar! (After saying why I didn’t like as much? Am I crazy? Yes )
And about the cravats, I know this is beside the point, but have you watched The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982. The cravats are ooooh, so amazing. (As is the rest of the movie, except for two scenes that are easy to skip) I’m linking to my blog devoted to The Scarlet Pimpernel, where I hope I will post a review in a few days.
Me – I haven’t watched the Scarlet Pimpernel but I hope to read the book(s) soon. I’ve checked out your S.P. blog and I quite like it.
Thanks for putting up one of my buttons on your blog – and thanks for not turning your comments into nasty ones.
P.S. I quite liked the invigorating discussion we’ve had.
Maria – Exactly! There’s nothing better than a good discussion.
You know how much I love answering tags so when I saw the one on Miss Abby’s blog Newly Impassioned Soul, I planned to do it as soon as possible.
- Post these rules.
- Post 11 random things about yourself.
- Answer the questions set for you in their post.
- Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
- Go to their blog and tell them they are tagged.
- Tag 11 people.
- I currently listening to classical music
- I love to write
- My Pride and Prejudice soundtrack is missing. 😦
- I wear glasses
- I have two blogs
- I love grape juice
- I a wearing a plaid shirt right now
- I am currently reading Les Miserables – it’s tough but I’m working on it
- One of my favorite books is Uncle Tom’s Cabin
- I like playing around with the My Memories software
- My absolute favorite movie is Sense and Sensibility 1995
- What was the last thing you wrote (grocery list, note, letter, instructions, novel, etc.)?
- What color are your eyes?
- Spaghetti or lasagna?
- Do you like Jane Austen’s novels?
- How many friends do you have on facebook (if you have a facebook account)?
- Do you keep a journal or diary?
- How many books do you estimate you own?
- What kind of music do you like listening to?
- What’s your least favorite color?
- What is your favorite food?
- What are you wearing right now?
I will never be able to find 11 blogs to tag so just use this tag. Please link back to me.
Pride and Prejudice 2005 is THE BEST P and P adaption. However, many bloggers do not share my opinion. “1995 one is the best…Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth are the best…” Whatever. You and I know that P and P 2005 is the best, but until now we’ve kept it a secret, afraid to let the truth out and get bombarded by angry 1995 fans. No more.
I am starting a revolution only for the stoutest and bravest of P and P 2005 lovers. If you love the 2005 version display one of these buttons on your blog or website. Tell the world that Pride and Prejudice 2005 is the best.
When you put one of these up on your blog please link back to this post or the page that I’m going to create to go with this post. I want to see how many of you out there are brave enough to do this.
I got the photos for the buttons from here.
Please feel free to e-mail me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My favorite Lizzy! I got the pic from here.
One of my favorite Jane Austen bloggers amazed and delighted me today. Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm put this up in answer to a Jane Austen tag question.
Which is your least favorite JA novel, and why? (Everybody posts about their favorites… I want to know what’s at the bottom of your list!)
Probably my least favorite novel would have to be Pride and Prejudice. “What!?!” you ask. “Are you CRAZY!?!?!?” Well let’s just agree that I am. 😉
I’m not sure why it’s my least favorite really. Perhaps it’s a combination of a lot of little pet peeves I have.
I don’t really identify with Elizabeth Bennet, even though I admirer her. I have quite a different personality than her (I’m more like an Elinor Dashwood) so on occasion her more out-going and feisty personality gets a bit tedious to me. Mr. Darcy is my least favorite hero mostly because although he is a gentleman he can also be quite a snob at times (sorry!). Also Mrs. Bennet, Lydia, Wickham and Mr. Collins drive me crazy! Yes they are funny but they also can make me mad (especially Lydia!). One definite reason that P&P has less appeal to me now is that I’ve probably watched too many film adaptations too often. Also it seems that many people have copied the story line of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s romance in other books and films. I’m a bit sorry that P&P gets a lot of the attention from media and fans when Jane Austen wrote five other amazing novels. Sometimes I think that just once I’d like to say “I love Jane Austen. You know, she’s the author of…” without having to mention Pride and Prejudice.
Now, all that being said (and lest you think me completely horrid), I would still adore Jane Austen if the only novel she had written was Pride and Prejudice. My love for Jane Austen’s work as a whole far outweighs my love of every other author. Picking a least favorite Austen novel is very difficult!
This is exactly my opinion. It conicides with my answer to the same question:
This is really tough! I love all of her novels, but my least favorite would be…Pride and Prejudice *united Janeite gasp*. The way I see it, Pride and Prejudice has been so dramatized, made over, etc. that most people lose sight of the actual book itself. Don’t worry, I really enjoy P and P.
Today I was awarded my first blog award – the Liebster Blog Award!
There are some steps I have to follow to actually ‘earn’ this blog award.
- Thank the blogger who presented the award to you: Thanks Lisa Taylor! You can check out her fab blog here.
- Link back to the blogger who awarded it to you: I already did that in step one.
- Put the award on your sidebar: I did it.
- Present the award to five other deserving blogs and comment and tell them you did it: These are the blogs I’m awarding:
SafireWriter – This is a great blog that chronicles the ups and downs of one girl’s writing experiences. I really like it and check back often.
Old-Fashion Charm – This *charming* blog is a good place to go and visit if you want some Jane Austen related posts along with period drama information in general.
Yet Another Period Drama Blog – A wonderful Jane Austen-related blog.
Savvy Verse and Wit – I won my copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It from this blog so I have a soft spot for it. 🙂 Plenty of book reviews and giveaways to see.
Miss Georgiana Darcy – This interesting blog is Jane Austen-related and has lots of fun stuff to read in it.
That concludes this post. Thanks for reading and come again soon!
Pride and Prejudice is set in 19th century England. The novel starts out starts out with a young man called Mr. Bingley and his friend Mr. Darcy settling in a small, rural town. All the townspeople with daughters who are of a marriable age are in a flutter, but especially a woman called Mrs. Bennet. She has 5 daughters and no sons, so of course she wants them all married well. Mrs. Bennet schemes to marry off one of her daughters. Her second oldest daughter, Elizabeth doesn’t approve of her mother’s plans. Will Jane marry the man she loves? Will Elizabeth marry the man she doesn’t love? Or will Lydia’s flirtations ruin all her sisters’ chances? Read this novel about matchmaking, arrogance, and true love to find out.
Mr. Darcy’s Diary is a great book for Austen fans. I just finished reading and I wanted to review it. The diary starts with Mr. Darcy finding out about Georgina’s intended elopement with Wickham. Then Pride and Prejudice takes over and the rest of the book is mostly his retelling of P and P. It is a very interesting read. You get new insights into Caroline Bingley’s character, read about his negotiations with Wickham so that he will marry Lydia, and read of his struggle against his fascination for Elizabeth Bennet. SPOILER It includes several pages of what life is like for Mr. and Mrs. Darcy after their marraige, and how Colonel Fitzwilliam becomes engaged to Anne de Bourgh. END OF SPOILER This book is a very enjoyable read. Here is an excerpt:
My inclination was to walk out and leave Lydia to the life she had made for herself. But the thought of Elizabeth’s pale face sustained me.
‘Meet me at my club tomorrow,’ I said to Wickham.
‘My dear Darcy, you know I am not welcome there.’
‘I will make sure you are admitted.’
He looked surprised, but said, ‘Very well.’
As I left the house, the memory of his insolent smile went with me.
Thursday, 14th August
I met Wickham at my club and the negotiations began.
‘You must marry her,’ I said to him shortly.
‘If I do that, I give up forever the chance of making my fortune through marriage.’
‘You have ruined her,’ I said. ‘Does that mean nothing to you?’
He crossed one ankle over the other and lay back in the chair.
‘She ruined herself,’ he said.
A waiter passed, and he ordered a whiskey. I did not react, knowing he did it only to annoy me.
‘How much do you owe?’ I asked, going straight to the heart of the matter.
‘Several hundred pounds.’
‘Whether that is true or not I do not know, but I shall. If you give your bills to my agent, he will pay them for you. In return, you will marry Lydia.’
‘Come now, as you are so anxious to see her wed, she is worth a lot more than that. Is it Miss Bennet who has caught your fancy, or is it the lovely Elizabeth?’
‘I am doing this for my own conscience,’ I said.
He laughed in my face.
‘No man goes to such lengths to ease his own conscience. Let me guess. It is the beautiful Jane Bennet. Sweet natured, beautiful Jane. She would make a splendid addition to Pemberley. I congratulate you, Darcy.’
‘I have no intention of marrying Miss Bennet.’
‘Then it is Elizabeth.’
I said nothing, but he must have guessed it from my face.
‘Ah! So it is! Her liveliness appeals to you. I would not have thought it. You are so pompous, Darcy, but they say that opposites attract.’
He had the upper hand, and he was enjoying using it.
‘Have a care,’ I warned him. ‘I will do much to save Lydia Bennet from disgrace, but if you go too far, instead of having your debts paid and something more besides, you will find yourself pursued by every creditor in Brighton, and maybe the army, for I will give them all your address.’
‘I can go to Bath, or Lyme, or the Lake District,’ he said. ‘I do not have to live here.’ But I could tell he had no stomach for further flight.
‘Do so,’ I said, calling his bluff. I stood up and turned towards the door.
‘Wait,’ he said.
‘I will marry her -‘
‘Good,’ I said, sitting down again.
‘ – for thirty thousand pounds.’
‘What?’ I cried.
‘It is the sum I should have had from Georgiana.’
I mastered my temper with difficulty. ‘I will give you nothing of the kind.’
‘Very well, then, twenty thousand.’
I stood up and left the club.
He will come to me soon enough. He has nowhere else to go.
I do not relish seeing him, but the knowledge that it will ease Elizabeth’s fears recompenses me for any time or trouble I might take, and I hope that, before very long, I will see her happy again.
Some fan fiction (these stories come from the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It)
The Riding Habit
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have been married for about a year. They have a young son and Georgina is about to have her come-out ball. Elizabeth is perplexed by all the decisions and problems she will have to wade through and to add to this Mr. Darcy wishes her to learn to ride. Elizabeth harbors a fear of horses, but will Mr. Darcy find out too late?
When Sara is jilted by her fiancée, who is annoyed at her obsession with Austen, she is in despair. He leaves her with a lock of Jane Austen’s hair. When Sara wakes up the next morning she finds the ghost of Jane Austen in her house. Jane wants Sara to write a book which will take all her talents. Will Sara be able to write the book AND make up with Charles?
Jane Austen and the Mistletoe Kiss
A young lord gives a copy of Pride and Prejudice to Elinor, the woman he secretly loves. When he confides that a certain Miss Jane Austen, who lives in their village wrote the book, Jane gives Elinor some advice about the kissing plant and shows that sometimes love can come unexpectedly.
For an early New Years gift (we don’t celebrate Christmas), my Dad bought me all the Jane Austen novels in a beautiful boxed set. Since I don’t own any actual Jane Austen novels (didn’t own! :)) I was really excited and happy to have them all now. The only problem we had was that Mansfield Park‘s pages were badly crushed but we were able to exchange it for and almost identical copy. All the novels have blue spines (except M.P. which has a black one), and are paperbacks.
Review of Pride and Prejudice 2005
I recently watched this great movie so of course I wanted to do a review of it.
For starters, the Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfayden are THE Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I really like Colin Firth’s and Jennifer Ehle’s performance too, but K.K. and M.M. are the best.
The music, the scenery, and the costumes are all wonderful. Elizabeth does have her hair down more than once (a Regency no-no), and George Wickham looks so creepy that it’s a wonder Elizabeth could believe his story.
But there are several factors that make this my favorite P and P adaption. For one, Caroline Bingley is better (in my opinion) than the 1995 version. She’s so venomous and I think she really brings out the worst in her character. For instance…
Elizabeth Bennet to Mr. Darcy: I dearly love a laugh.
Caroline Bingley (with scorn): A family trait I should think.
The story, even though it is condensed into two hours, follows the book very well. Lady Catherine (though a bit old for her role) looks a lot more imposing in this version than the Lady Catherine in the 1995 version.
Again, the music, scenery, everything was wonderful. The characters were well cast and the plot is interesting and moves swiftly and interestingly. That is my opinion of the 2005 P and P…and now despise me if you dare.
Thanks for taking time to read this post, and please come again soon.
Jane Austen produced some extremely amusing instances in all her books. I would like to share a few of my favorites.
From P and P:
“I hope, my dear,” said Mr. Bennet to his wife, as they were at breakfast the next morning, “that you have ordered a good dinner to-day, because I have reason to expect an addition to our family party.”
“Who do you mean, my dear? I know of nobody that is coming, I am sure, unless Charlotte Lucas should happen to call in — and I hope my dinners are good enough for her. I do not believe she often sees such at home.”
“The person of whom I speak is a gentleman, and a stranger.”
Mrs. Bennet’s eyes sparkled. “A gentleman and a stranger! It is Mr. Bingley, I am sure. Why, Jane — you never dropt a word of this; you sly thing! Well, I am sure I shall be extremely glad to see Mr. Bingley. — But — good lord! how unlucky! there is not a bit of fish to be got to-day. Lydia, my love, ring the bell. I must speak to Hill this moment.”
“It is not Mr. Bingley,” said her husband; “it is a person whom I never saw in the whole course of my life.”
This roused a general astonishment; and he had the pleasure of being eagerly questioned by his wife and five daughters at once. — After amusing himself some time with their curiosity, he thus explained —
“About a month ago I received this letter; and about a fortnight ago I answered it, for I thought it a case of some delicacy, and requiring early attention. It is from my cousin, Mr. Collins, who, when I am dead, may turn you all out of this house as soon as he pleases.”
“Oh! my dear,” cried his wife, “I cannot bear to hear that mentioned. Pray do not talk of that odious man. I do think it is the hardest thing in the world, that your estate should be entailed away from your own children; and I am sure, if I had been you, I should have tried long ago to do something or other about it.”
Jane and Elizabeth attempted to explain to her the nature of an entail. They had often attempted it before, but it was a subject on which Mrs. Bennet was beyond the reach of reason, and she continued to rail bitterly against the cruelty of settling an estate away from a family of five daughters, in favour of a man whom nobody cared anything about.
“It certainly is a most iniquitous affair,” said Mr. Bennet, “and nothing can clear Mr. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn. But if you will listen to his letter, you may perhaps be a little softened by his manner of expressing himself.”
“No, that I am sure I shall not; and I think it was very impertinent of him to write to you at all, and very hypocritical. I hate such false friends. Why could not he keep on quarrelling with you, as his father did before him?”
This seems to me a very funny passage with he way that Mr. Bennet leads his wife on and the verbal exchange that comes afterwards.
S and S:
Mrs. John Dashwood did not at all approve of what her husband intended to do for his sisters. To take three thousand pounds from the fortune of their dear little boy, would be impoverishing him to the most dreadful degree. She begged him to think again on the subject. How could he answer it to himself to rob his child, and his only child too, of so large a sum? And what possible claim could the Miss Dashwoods, who were related to him only by half blood, which she considered as no relationship at all, have on his generosity to so large an amount? It was very well known that no affection was ever supposed to exist between the children of any man by different marriages; and why was he to ruin himself, and their poor little Harry, by giving away all his money to his half sisters?
“It was my father’s last request to me,” replied her husband, “that I should assist his widow and daughters.”
“He did not know what he was talking of, I dare say; ten to one but he was light-headed at the time. Had he been in his right senses, he could not have thought of such a thing as begging you to give away half your fortune from your own child.”
“He did not stipulate for any particular sum, my dear Fanny; he only requested me, in general terms, to assist them, and make their situation more comfortable than it was in his power to do. Perhaps it would have been as well if he had left it wholly to myself. He could hardly suppose I should neglect them. But as he required the promise, I could not do less than give it: at least I thought so at the time. The promise, therefore, was given, and must be performed. Something must be done for them whenever they leave Norland and settle in a new home.”
“Well, then, let something be done for them; but that something need not be three thousand pounds. Consider,” she added, “that when the money is once parted with, it never can return. Your sisters will marry, and it will be gone for ever. If, indeed, it could ever be restored to our little boy….”
“Why, to be sure,” said her husband, very gravely, “that would make a great difference. The time may come when Harry will regret that so large a sum was parted with. If he should have a numerous family, for instance, it would be a very convenient addition.”
“To be sure it would.”
“Perhaps, then, it would be better for all parties if the sum were diminished one half. Five hundred pounds would be a prodigious increase to their fortunes!”
“Oh! beyond anything great! What brother on earth would do half so much for his sisters, even if really his sisters! And as it is — only half blood! — But you have such a generous spirit!”
“I would not wish to do anything mean,” he replied. “One had rather, on such occasions, do too much than too little. No one, at least, can think I have not done enough for them: even themselves, they can hardly expect more.”
“There is no knowing what they may expect,” said the lady, “but we are not to think of their expectations: the question is, what you can afford to do.”
“Certainly, and I think I may afford to give them five hundred pounds a-piece. As it is, without any addition of mine, they will each have above three thousand pounds on their mother’s death a very comfortable fortune for any young woman.”
“To be sure it is: and, indeed, it strikes me that they can want no addition at all. They will have ten thousand pounds divided amongst them. If they marry, they will be sure of doing well; and if they do not, they may all live very comfortably together on the interest of ten thousand pounds.”
“That is very true, and, therefore, I do not know whether, upon the whole, it would not be more advisable to do something for their mother while she lives rather than for them; something of the annuity kind I mean. My sisters would feel the good effects of it as well as herself. A hundred a year would make them all perfectly comfortable.”
His wife hesitated a little, however, in giving her consent to this plan.
“To be sure,” said she, “it is better than parting with fifteen hundred pounds at once. But then if Mrs. Dashwood should live fifteen years, we shall be completely taken in.”
“Fifteen years! my dear Fanny; her life cannot be worth half that purchase.”
“Certainly not; but if you observe, people always live for ever when there is any annuity to be paid them; and she is very stout and healthy, and hardly forty. An annuity is a very serious business; it comes over and over every year, and there is no getting rid of it. You are not aware of what you are doing. I have known a great deal of the trouble of annuities; for my mother was clogged with the payment of three to old superannuated servants by my father’s will, and it is amazing how disagreeable she found it. Twice every year, these annuities were to be paid; and then there was the trouble of getting it to them; and then one of them was said to have died, and afterwards it turned out to be no such thing. My mother was quite sick of it. Her income was not her own, she said, with such perpetual claims on it; and it was the more unkind in my father, because, otherwise, the money would have been entirely at my mother’s disposal, without any restriction whatever. It has given me such an abhorrence of annuities, that I am sure I would not pin myself down to the payment of one for all the world.”
“It is certainly an unpleasant thing,” replied Mr. Dashwood, “to have those kind of yearly drains on one’s income. One’s fortune, as your mother justly says, is not one’s own. To be tied down to the regular payment of such a sum, on every rent day, is by no means desirable: it takes away one’s independence.”
“Undoubtedly; and, after all, you have no thanks for it. They think themselves secure, you do no more than what is expected, and it raises no gratitude at all. If I were you, whatever I did should be done at my own discretion entirely. I would not bind myself to allow them anything yearly. It may be very inconvenient some years to spare a hundred, or even fifty pounds from our own expences.”
“I believe you are right, my love; it will be better that there should be no annuity in the case; whatever I may give them occasionally will be of far greater assistance than a yearly allowance, because they would only enlarge their style of living if they felt sure of a larger income, and would not be sixpence the richer for it at the end of the year. It will certainly be much the best way. A present of fifty pounds, now and then, will prevent their ever being distressed for money, and will, I think be amply discharging my promise to my father.”
“To be sure it will. Indeed, to say the truth, I am convinced within myself that your father had no idea of your giving them any money at all. The assistance he thought of, I dare say, was only such as might be reasonably expected of you; for instance, such as looking out for a comfortable small house for them, helping them to move their things, and sending them presents of fish and game, and so forth, whenever they are in season. I’ll lay my life that he meant nothing farther; indeed, it would be very strange and unreasonable if he did. Do but consider, my dear Mr. Dashwood, how excessively comfortable your mother-in-law and her daughters may live on the interest of seven thousand pounds, besides the thousand pounds belonging to each of the girls, which brings them in fifty pounds a-year a-piece, and, of course, they will pay their mother for their board out of it. Altogether, they will have five hundred a-year amongst them, and what on earth can four women want for more than that? They will live so cheap! Their housekeeping will be nothing at all. They will have no carriage, no horses, and hardly any servants; they will keep no company, and can have no expences of any kind! Only conceive how comfortable they will be! Five hundred a-year! I am sure I cannot imagine how they will spend half of it; and as to your giving them more, it is quite absurd to think of it. They will be much more able to give you something.”
“Upon my word,” said Mr. Dashwood, “I believe you are perfectly right. My father certainly could mean nothing more by his request to me than what you say. I clearly understand it now, and I will strictly fulfil my engagement by such acts of assistance and kindness to them as you have described. When my mother removes into another house my services shall be readily given to accommodate her as far as I can. Some little present of furniture, too, may be acceptable then.”
“Certainly,” returned Mrs. John Dashwood. “But, however, one thing must be considered. When your father and mother moved to Norland, though the furniture of Stanhill was sold, all the china, plate, and linen was saved, and is now left to your mother. Her house will therefore be almost completely fitted up as soon as she takes it.”
“That is a material consideration undoubtedly. A valuable legacy indeed! And yet some of the plate would have been a very pleasant addition to our own stock here.”
“Yes; and the set of breakfast china is twice as handsome as what belongs to this house. A great deal too handsome, in my opinion, for any place they can ever afford to live in. But, however, so it is. Your father thought only of them . And I must say this: that you owe no particular gratitude to him, nor attention to his wishes, for we very well know that if he could, he would have left almost everything in the world to them .”
This argument was irresistible. It gave to his intentions whatever of decision was wanting before; and he finally resolved, that it would be absolutely unnecessary, if not highly indecorous, to do more for the widow and children of his father, than such kind of neighbourly acts as his own wife pointed out.
This undoubtedly one of the most comic scenes in Jane’s works.
Mr. Rushworth stepped forward with great alacrity to tell him [Edmund] the agreeable news.
“We have got a play,” said he. “It is to be Lovers’ Vows; and I am to be Count Cassel, and am to come in first with a blue dress and a pink satin cloak, and afterwards am to have another fine fancy suit, by way of a shooting–dress. I do not know how I shall like it.”
My mom and I laugh over this scene a lot and I know that I can always get her to laugh by quoting Mr. Rushworth’s words.
As for myself, I am sure I only wish our situations were reversed. Had I the command of millions, were I mistress of the whole world, your brother would be my only choice.” – Isabella Thorpe
Considering the behavior that follows this remark, it seems comical.
As for Emma, so many of it is comic that I could hardly pick out my favorite passage. Persuasion does not have that many comical parts to it, but just think ‘…large, fat sighings…’
There you have it. My favorite comic parts from Jane’s novels.
I was just idly checking through my site stats and I noticed to my amazement that I had written 100 posts. This calls for a celebration! The first thing I will do is give you a little stat update.
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- Sense and Sensibility 1995 Review
- The Hoofbeats Series
- Bell’s Star
- WordPress for Dummies
- Daughter of Venice
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