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How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:12:21 AM »
My favorite: "A picnic has gone horribly wrong."


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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 11:45:26 AM »
"Someone disagreeable is trying to persuade you to take a trip to Bath."  ;D

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2014, 12:53:46 PM »
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You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. Itís yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.

Is "five hundred a year" really that confusing?  ??? We use almost the same phrase today. If I say so-and-so "makes 30,000 a year," I wouldn't have to clarify to most of my acquaintances that I meant so-and-so received 30,000 dollars (or units of the local currency) as income every year.

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014, 01:02:19 PM »
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You have one friend; he is thirty years old and does business with your father and you are going to marry him someday.

Who is this supposed to be?

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2014, 02:44:56 PM »
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You have one friend; he is thirty years old and does business with your father and you are going to marry him someday.

Who is this supposed to be?

My guess is Mr. Knightley from Emma.
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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2014, 05:42:27 PM »
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You have one friend; he is thirty years old and does business with your father and you are going to marry him someday.

Who is this supposed to be?

My guess is Mr. Knightley from Emma.

If it's Emma, it's flat out wrong. Emma certainly had more than one friend (Mrs. Weston, Harriet Smith), Knightley didn't really "do business with" her father, and he's at least 36 when the novel opens...

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 05:09:42 AM »
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You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. Itís yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.

Is "five hundred a year" really that confusing?  ??? We use almost the same phrase today. If I say so-and-so "makes 30,000 a year," I wouldn't have to clarify to most of my acquaintances that I meant so-and-so received 30,000 dollars (or units of the local currency) as income every year.

I thought that, too.

(I know the notes in my copy of S&S make the point that the numbers Austen gives are always very exact, and very accurate, in terms of the standard of living which they would allow)

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2014, 05:31:39 AM »
My favorite: "A picnic has gone horribly wrong."


http://the-toast.net/2014/05/27/tell-jane-austen-novel/

Thank you for posting that. The other books in the series are wonderful too, especially the Dashiel Hammett one.

http://the-toast.net/2014/02/20/are-you-in-a-dashiell-hammett-novel/

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2014, 10:16:03 AM »
I've not read much Austen, just seen lots of movies, but it's still great.

I have, on the other hand, read my share of Bronte, Dickens and Hemingway, and those lists are terrific.

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2014, 10:23:26 AM »
The above brings to mind, "You are in a Jane Austen novel if you know how much everyone in your social circle is worth." 

Nowadays, of course, it is considered rude.  It's interesting how 200 years impacts what is considered rude and polite.

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Re: How to Tell if You're in a Jane Austen Novel
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2014, 07:07:29 PM »
Oh LOLOLOLOL! ;D

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