Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Happy 240th Birthday, Jane Austen!

Jane Austen
Today we celebrate the birthday of a most beloved authouress--Jane Austen!!! The outstanding creator of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park was born two hundred forty years ago today.
Therefore we must celebrate.
I began my celebration by dressing in my Halloween costume, which was a semblance of Elizabeth Bennet, heroine of Pride and Prejudice.

I really should make a spencer or an empire waist coat to go with this dress, since it's December. I guess my shawl will have to do. (And here, it's supposed to be in the 50's-60's this afternoon! December indeed!) My dress bears a slight resemblance to the dress Jane Austen is pictured wearing above.
My celebration will continue as I read more of Emma (which I am in the process of reading right now) and parts of the other books. 
I sadly own paper copies of only these three. 
To continue on in honor of Jane Austen...Here are my favourite quotes from or about my favourite Jane Austen heroes:
(Sorry about using movie pictures, particularly if you haven't seen or didn't like that version of the movie, but movie pictures are kind of all there is.)
Mr. Darcy quote
Mr. Darcy...of course that quote. And for this picture, the movie picture really is Mr. Darcy. Seriously. 
Mr. Knightley quote
Mr. Knightley--What more is there to say?
Captain Wentworth quote
I LOVE CAPTAIN WENTWORTH!!! Even Mr. Darcy cannot write letters as well as Capt. Wentworth. I mean, it's not really your fault, Mr. Darcy--Nobody can beat Capt. Wentworth's letters. Short, sweet and very to the point (Yes, Mr. Darcy, your letter was about three pages long with only a couple paragraph breaks...And you didn't say the sweet things Wentworth did...Okay, I'm done...)
Edward Ferrars
So this is not an Edward quote, but it's a quote about Edward and Elinor from Jane Austen. My favourite Edward quote might be "Forgive me, if I am very saucy." (Yes, dear Edward of course you are...At least you would be if such a thing were possible.)
Mr. Tilney quote
How could anyone not love this quote? Of course, one can love it better if they understand the context. But definitely this is my favourite Mr. Tilney quote. 

And if you are wondering about Edmund Bertram of Mansfield Park, I have two reasons for not including him: 1, he didn't have any particularly good quotes and 2, I have not seen a movie version and in two of the movie versions I saw pictures of, he was Mr. Knightley and Mr. Elton from another version of Emma...So no. 

There you have it--Jane Austen hero quotes. 
I might make a cake with these quotes later if I have time. If so, I'll update this post with pictures!*

*Here's Jane Austen's birthday cake! I know it's kind of messy, but...I had to fit six quotes from Jane Austen on here.
"The person...who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid." Mr. Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey
"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." Mr. Knightley, Emma
"I have loved none but you." Captain Wentworth, Persuasion
"He certainly loved her." Jane Austen about Edward loving Elinor, Sense and Sensibility
"Edmund became as anxious to marry Fanny as [Fanny] herself could desire." Mansfield Park

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!!!

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