Why did it matter that Mr. Elton was a vicar, not a rector?
The Joy of the Reticule
by Brenda S. Cox When Emma encountered Mrs. Elton visiting Jane Fairfax, “she saw [Mrs. Elton] with a sort of anxious parade of mystery fold up a letter which she had apparently been reading aloud to Miss Fairfax, and return it into the purple and gold ridicule by her side,”—Emma, Volume 3, chapter 16, Cambridge … Continue reading The Joy of the Reticule
Thankfulness in Jane Austen’s Novels
What does Jane Austen have to say about gratitude and thankfulness?
Emma. Review of the 2020 Movie
The 2020 movie version of Emma is beautiful and fun to watch. Where does it differ from the novel and from the 1996 version?
Christian Jane Austen Variations 6: Barbara Cornthwaite and Lara S. Ormiston
More enthralling Austen variations with a faith foundation. What was Mr. Knightley's perspective in Emma? And, what if Darcy and Elizabeth got engaged after the first proposal?
A Change of Heart
The real climax of each Jane Austen novel is when someone reaches a turning point, and sees the darkness in his or her own heart.
Hypochondriacs in Jane Austen and Regency Medicine: Mrs. Churchill of Emma
Mrs. Churchill, Mary Musgrove, and other Austen characters are hypochondriacs. What did doctors believe about their malady and its treatment?
A Valetudinarian Old Man—Mr. Woodhouse in Emma
Was Austen's Mr. Woodhouse a hypochondriac, or an old man with valid concerns about everyone's health?