A Village That Transcends Time

NOV / DEC 2017: BY MARIANNA KAPLUN Far, far away in Britain there is a beautiful place called Gretna Green. This small village in the south of Scotland famous for its runaway weddings and romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those... Continue Reading →

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Almost, but Not Quite: Mansfield Park’s Henry Crawford

NOV / DEC 2016: BY LIANNE M. BERNARDO In Jane Austen’s novels, the love stories are presented with such contrasts: the heroine with her hero and with the foil, a man who vies for our heroine’s hand but isn’t suitable for her for whatever reason (Sense and Sensibility’s John Willoughby, Persuasion’s William Elliot, just to... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with Lydia Bennet

NOV / DEC 2014: BY HANNAH PRICE the following is an excerpt from my interview with Miss Catherine Bennet (known by her friends and closet relations as Kitty). Naturally, no recorders were present at the interview as they had not yet been invented in the 1810’s, so what follows is my best recollection of the... Continue Reading →

The Vanity of Mrs. Norris

SEPT / OCT 2013: BY LIANNE M. BERNARDO She may not possess nefarious magical powers used for ill. She may not live in an eerie castle or have a deadly criminal past. Her goal in life is not world domination. But Mansfield Park’s Mrs. Norris is so mean and false in her attitudes and impressions... Continue Reading →

A Man Named Willoughby

SEPT / OCT 2013: BY VERONICA LEIGH Not all villains are bent on evil. Most do not even consider their actions evil. In their minds, they’re looking out for their own best interests or they are “following their heart.” Many even have good qualities; they love and give and show flickers of morality. Mr. John... Continue Reading →

Quiet Virtue

JAN / FEB 2013: BY CHRISTY McDOUGALL Recently I read an article about Jane Austen in which Edward Ferrars was remarked upon as unintelligent and uninteresting. It’s all the rage these days to denigrate the quiet, virtuous character of Edward, along with the similarly quiet and virtuous character of Edmund Bertram (who was called a... Continue Reading →

Edith Crawley: Ask Lydia

MARCH / APRIL 2012: BY LYDIA M. Everyone always seems to expect growing up with sisters to be like Little Women, all sweet games and playing in the attic. I do believe Mama was hoping it would be like that as she read it to us several times as girls. Subtlety is not one of... Continue Reading →

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