Imagine Mr Bennet, comfortable at Longbourn surrounded by his books. And the door firmly shut against interruptions. Now imagine him advising a young man on how best to court a lady. You can't? Neither can Mr Bennet. But then the son of an old … [Read more...] about Introducing “Cake and Courtship”
It's a question I get asked a lot. Which is odd, because it's not as if Ms Austen is undiscovered or underrated. Nobody ever thinks to ask why I like novels by Terry Pratchett or Mark Lawrence. Or football. Or twiglets. Or even Poldark. … [Read more...] about Why do you like Jane Austen?
I like Pride and Prejudice's Mr Bennet. He enjoys a bit of humor with a dark pinch of cynicism thrown in. But this humor can be brutal, almost unpleasantly so. For example, he says this to Elizabeth after Bingley has left for London and, … [Read more...] about Why Mr Bennet, why?