Old Police Cells Museum & Victorian crime

Crime in a rapidly changing society Reading the novels of Jane Austen one might be forgiven for thinking that hers was a calm and relaxing period in which to live (1775-1817). “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ― Jane Austen Far from it. The economy of the country was going through the rapid change of the Industrial Revolution. This brought … Continue reading Old Police Cells Museum & Victorian crime

Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

Readers reading #8 I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley face, lol. Heart. Smiley blowing a kiss. Heart kiss kiss. The ‘Readers reading’ series on this blog (this list last updated, 12th March 2017). Readers reading #1. A Girl Reading In A Sailing Boat (1869) By Alfred Corbould. … Continue reading Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

11 worst couples in literature: Lydia Bennet & George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice

No. 9. Lydia Bennet and George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Spoiler alert! The marital prognosis on this relationship isn’t good, I fear. Wickham is a compulsive liar, gambler, debtor and idler. He has previously attempted to elope with Darcy’s young sister to access her fortune. Then he elopes with Lydia, Elizabeth’s 15 year old sister. She is ‘untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy, and … Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Lydia Bennet & George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice

11 worst couples in literature: Charlotte Lucas & Mr Collins from Pride and Prejudice

No. 11. Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins: Charlotte Lucas seems a pleasant young woman. She has a sense of humour and is a close friend of the delightful Elizabeth Bennet. What a shame then that she marries that fawning, conceited, potato and chimney connoisseur, Mr Collins. “Mr. Collins to be sure was neither sensible nor agreeable; … Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Charlotte Lucas & Mr Collins from Pride and Prejudice