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 in neighboring countries. So why does this unremarkable village have a wedding capital’s reputation? Let’s try to understand. Continue reading A Village That Transcends Time
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 conversation.
Hannah: “It is very nice to meet you my dear Miss Catherine.”
Kitty: “Please, call me Kitty, most everyone does.”
H: “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me this afternoon for a short discussion on your family.” Continue reading A Conversation with Lydia Bennet
SEPT / OCT 2001: BY LYDIA M.
I have true love for the most beautiful women in the world. She has skin the color of wintery cream and long golden hair. She is beyond perfection. I love her so much that I worked years at hard labor just to hear the sound of her voice. Three years ago I professed my love before leaving to make a life in America for us. Unfortunately, my ship was captured by the Dread Pirate “Bob,” whose motto states “There will be no survivors!”
I survived. Continue reading Lydia, I’m in Love!: Advice for Unlucky Literary Lads
SEPT / OCT 2011: BY ELLA G.
It is a fact universally acknowledged that first impressions matter more than any of us would like to admit. A person’s physical appearance, their social standing, their behavior and mannerisms are apt to be noticed far more quickly and easily than their innermost thoughts or psychological makeup. Because of these tendencies, our opinion on whether or not we like a person is quickly decided. Sometimes we like what we see; other times we cannot stand it. It is into the later category that Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy falls in Elizabeth Bennett’s mind. Continue reading Merely Misunderstood: Mr. Darcy
SEPT / OCT 2011: BY KATHARINE TAYLOR
At a turning point in plot and character development in Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet stares up in “earnest contemplation” at a portrait of Mr. Darcy hanging in his home. It’s a moment that represents true seeing—she has misjudged him and is beginning to realize her mistake fully. The painting is described in the novel as “a striking resemblance” of the handsome Mr. Darcy, notably wearing a smile on his face instead of the usual expression of disapproval that has characterized him throughout the book.
Pride and Prejudice is not the only classic novel to use art at key moments to illuminate the characters’ thoughts or to provide a visual symbol of conflict. Continue reading Artfully Plotted: Paintings and Drawings in Classic Literature