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Commonplace: Jane Austen's Emma and Mr. Woodhouse's Crime

Rereading Austen is always fun, and Emma particularly so, not least – as P.D. James pointed out – because so much of the pleasure of that novel involves reading both the hidden and the explicit plots alongside each other, which you can only do once you know the twist.  910 more words

100 Happy Leaves | Day 1: Urnest

Soundtrack for this post: Landlocked Blues by Bright Eyes.

People documenting their 100 Happy Days seems to be something of a phenomenon these days. Being mindful and thinking about the good things in my life is something that interests me immensely; I’ve put a little twist on the theme, and will be blogging about my 100 Happy Leaves every day until…the 18th October. 250 more words


My dear Mr. Bennet, you must not expect such girls to have the sense of their father and mother.

Vol 1, Chap 7

Mrs. Bennet’s declaration is deeply ironic as neither she nor Mr.

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Do you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on them, as nonsense?

Vol 1, Chap 2

Mr. Bennet’s ironic remark is sarcastic, but Austen uses his comments to reveal that “the forms of introduction” and adherence to convention, 

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“odd mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve and caprice”

Vol 1, Chap 1

Austen use of authorial intervention here to describe Mr. Bennet shows the incompatibility of Mr. Bennet with Mrs. Bennet. 

You mistake me my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends.

Vol 1, Chap 1

Another example of how Mr.

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They are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.

Vol 1, Chap 1

Mr. Bennet dismisses his own daughters, calling them “silly” and “ignorant.” Although the use of these adjectives are not without basis, as we see later on from Lydia’s elopement with Wickham, Kitty’s silly outbursts when Lydia goes to Brighton, and Mary’s laughable self-righteous declarations, the fact that he 

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