Happy Valentine’s Day! ~ Giveaway of Elsa Solender’s Jane Austen in Love!

What a strange thing love is!

[Emma, vol. I, ch. XIII]

[Please see below for book giveaway instructions]

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to think of Love in Jane Austen terms.  I think we can say that it is a “truth universally acknowledged” that Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne in Persuasion* is the grandest expression of Love in all of literature – who would not want to receive such a letter as this?  But what of Love in Jane Austen’s own life? – we know so little; where did Mr. Darcy come from, or any of her other heroes?  What of True Love in her own life? We can only imagine… so I lead you to a fine imaginative rendering of ‘Jane Austen in love’ in Elsa Solender’s Jane Austen in Love: An Entertainment.  When published last February, it was only available as an ebook, delightful to read but nothing to put upon the shelf.  We had to wait until this past December to see it finally published in real book form at Amazon.com.

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At the time of its release as a kindle book, Elsa graciously “sat” for an interview here at Jane Austen in Vermont – you can read that here. And as my review was to be published in the JASNA News (just out in the Winter 2012 issue), I did not post a review of the book on this blog; Diana Birchall very graciously did so for me here.  But as my review is now published and available online, I append it here in part and then direct you to the JASNA site for the remainder [Note: all book reviews in the JASNA News are available online from 1998 to the present: click here.]  – and Elsa has offered a copy for a book giveaway [see below] in celebration of Valentine’s Day!

kindle cover

kindle cover

 “The Many Loves of Jane Austen” 

Jane Austen in Love: An Entertainment, by Elsa Solender.

Review by Deborah Barnum

Imagine a young Jane Austen reading aloud her History of England, Cassandra sketching Henry as Henry V, their Mother as Elizabeth I, and Jane as Mary Queen of Scots; or young Jane at school nearly dying of typhus; or hearing Jane’s thoughts on first encountering Madame Lefroy; or sparking a laugh from the intimidating Egerton Brydges. Imagine the suitor you might like your Jane Austen to meet by the seaside, she falling madly in love but destined to suffer the pangs of lost love, forever irreplaceable. If your mind tends to such as you try to fill in the many blanks in Austen’s life, you might find that Elsa Solender, in her Jane Austen in Love: An Entertainment, has done a wondrous job of doing it for you.

Ms. Solender, former president of JASNA and a prize-winning journalist, has taken her story “Second Thoughts,” runner-up in the 2009 Chawton House Library Short Story Contest, and expanded this one moment in Austen’s life to other places and times, all through the lens and voice of Cassandra Austen—it is part real, part imaginary, and part Austen’s own fiction, dialogue and story all beautifully woven together in this tribute to love in the life of Jane Austen—her love for her sister, her family, her cousin Eliza, and her mentor and friend Madam Lefroy; her flirtation with Tom Lefroy; the proposal from Bigg-Wither; and her Mysterious Suitor of the Seaside.

This is Cassandra’s story…

Continue reading… 

Amazon Digital Editions, 2012. 319 pages. Kindle. $6.99
Amazon Create Space, 2012. 368 pages. Paperback. $12.99

Elsa Solender in LondonAbout the author: Elsa A. Solender, a New Yorker, was president of the Jane Austen Society of North America from 1996-2000. Educated at Barnard College and the University ofChicago, she has worked as a journalist, editor, and college teacher in Chicago, Baltimore and New York. She represented an international non-governmental women’s organization at the United Nations during a six-year residency in Geneva. She wrote and delivered to the United Nations Social Council the first-ever joint statement by the Women’s International Non-Governmental Organizations (WINGO) on the right of women and girls to participate in the development of their country. She has published articles and reviews in a variety of American magazines and newspapers and has won three awards for journalism. Her short story, “Second Thoughts,” was named one of three prizewinners in the 2009 Chawton House Library Short Story Competition. Some 300 writers from four continents submitted short stories inspired by Jane Austen or the village of Chawton, where she wrote her six novels. Ms. Solender was the only American prizewinner, and she is the only American writer whose story was published in Dancing With Mr. Darcy, an anthology of the twenty top-rated stories of the contest.

Ms. Solender’s story “A Special Calling” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Short Story Competition. Of more than 1,000 stories submitted, Ms. Solender’s story was ranked among the top fifty and was granted Honorable Mention. She has served on the boards of a non-profit theater, a private library and various literary and alumnae associations. Ms. Solender is married, has two married sons and seven grandchildren, and lives in Manhattan.


For Valentine’s Day, Elsa has graciously offered a copy of her book [as she did with her ebook] to the winner of a random drawing – please comment below on what reading Jane Austen has taught you about Love Or you can pose a question to Ms. Solender. Deadline is Thursday February 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm; winner will be announced the next day. Domestic mailings only [sorry global readers, but our postal service has skyrocketed their overseas prices!]

Thank you Elsa, and good luck everyone!


'Placed it before Anne'

‘Placed it before Anne’

[Image: C. E. Brock, Persuasion, vo. II, ch. XI; from Mollands.net]

*Captain Wentworth’s letter: [because I cannot resist]

‘I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan. – Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? – I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. – Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in 

F. W. 

‘I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.’       [Perusasion, Vol. II, ch. XI]

c2013 Jane Austen in Vermont

Jane Austen and her “Best Literary Sex Scene”

It seems that on almost a daily basis Jane Austen makes some list or other. Yesterday, The Guardian offered up a list of the “Best Literary Sex Scenes: Writers’ Favourites” and there she is yet again, despite claims that there is no sex in Austen – read here what Howard Jacobson (his The Finkler Question won the 2010 Man Booker Prize) has to say:

Softcore porn is the literary equivalent of those feathery wimp-whips and talcum’d cufflinks you see in the windows of sex toy shops. If you’re going to torture your lover, at least break the skin, I say. You would expect me, therefore, to chose the scene I find most erotic from the pages of De Sade or Bataille. But as far as writing goes, the best sex is the most implicit. So I nominate the scene in Persuasion in which Captain Wentworth wordlessly, and with none of their past grievous history resolved, assists a fatigued Anne Elliot into a carriage. There is no overt sexuality, no titillatory play with power and dependence – he helps her in and that’s that. “Yes – he had done it. She was in the carriage and felt that he had placed her there, that his will and his hands had done it.” Anne might tell herself that the kindness proceeds from what remains of “former sentiment”, but Wentworth’s hands have been on her body, and we never doubt that it’s her body that receives the shock of the contact as much as her mind.

 I couldn’t agree more … what might your favorite sex scene in Jane Austen be?

You can read about the other titles and scenes here:



And also check out John Mullan’s latest “10 of the Best” – Jane Austen appears on most of his lists it seems!  this week is about “wills” and of course, what would be the plot of Sense and Sensibility without that pesky will:


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. The novel is shaped by a will. Henry Dashwood’s uncle leaves his wealth not to his own family, but to his son by a previous marriage and a four-year-old grandson. His wife and daughters, who have attended on the old man for years, are disinherited in favour of a child who has gained his affections by “an imperfect articulation, an earnest desire of having his own way, many cunning tricks, and a great deal of noise”.

[Master Harry Dashwood – image from Austenprose]

You can link to Mullan’s other weekly lists here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/10ofthebest

c2012 Jane Austen in Vermont

The Jane Austen Birthday Soiree! ~ A Love Letter to Jane Austen ~ and Giveaway!

Please note: JASNA’s gift to us all today is the publication of volume 32 of Persuasions On-Line!


Today I welcome JASNA-Vermont member Michelle Singer, whose love of Jane Austen has inspired her to rally several of her literary neighbors to form our new co-ed literary / quizzing book group .  Michelle originally wrote this letter for the newsletter of a Montpelier, Vermont parent group called Mama Says – in it she shares the sheer joy in her discovery of Jane Austen… and I wanted to share it with you today, in celebration of Jane Austen’s 236th birthday as part of the December 16th SoireePlease see below for instructions on commenting and the prize drawing. 


Dear Miss Austen,

I am tempted to begin this letter with “My Dearest Jane” because you
are dear to me although we don’t know each other and I suspect that if
we did, I would be your social inferior by quite a bit (what I wouldn’t
give for a couple of good servants)!

Today, your 236th birthday, I’m wearing a white t-shirt with Mrs. Darcy in glitter iron-on letters that I made myself complete with rhinestone embellishments. What?! Exactly. Skipping the necessary explanations—rhinestone, iron-on, and even t-shirt—and the complete wonder of the world as it is now, is the line I’ve crossed by making (and wearing) this shirt—not just a reader who loves your novels, but a fan. Maybe even an embarrassing fan. But I’m willing to risk it because of my love.

It’s the novels, yes. It’s the mastery of the language and structure, wit,
satire, characterizations—all those words we learned to describe the joy
of reading your work. But you know what it really is? It’s the hours
spent in your “company”: The pale mornings when I held a newborn
baby in my lap and read Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park while
they slept; The way entering the world of your novels has lifted me up
as a mother and a woman, fanning tiny pieces of myself and my sanity
back to life when they were burning low.

Thank you for telling a story so well that I could get lost in it. For
showing the possibilities of language, beautifully wrought. Thank you
for the laughs! For Pride & Prejudice and Mr. Darcy (oh how I wish you
could see Colin Firth)! For Emma and Mr. Knightley andMiss. Bates!

Thank you for your “own darling children” which have grown up to
make me a better mother. Two hundred years after Sense & Sensibility
was published, for all the times you sat down, pen and ink, despite everything else that might have claimed you, I am eternally grateful.

Your friend and fan,
Michelle A. L. Singer


Thank you Michelle for that beautiful tribute to Austen! 

As part of Austen’s birthday celebration, I entreat you all to cancel all other commitments today and visit these thirty other Austen-related blogs [see below for the list and links – it will take all day!] – there are prizes awaiting at each! – all you have to do is comment on any and all to be entered into the various random drawings. 

At Jane Austen in Vermont, please comment with a few words on what you would say in a love letter to Jane Austen, thanking her for whatever her works have done to inspire you in your daily life, or what you would like to give her as a birthday gift.  All comments will be entered into the drawing for the 2012 JASNA Calendar from the JASNA-Wisconsin group [I will be giving away two calendars – and the giveaway is worldwide]. Deadline is midnight December 23rd – I will announce the winners that morning of the 23rd!

This calendar is a must have addition to your Austen collection! – there is a tidbit for almost every day of the year as to some aspect of Austen’s life and fiction. Today’s entry in my 2011 calendar says: 

December 16. 

1775 – Jane Austen is born

1810 – Charles Musgrove marries Mary Elliot

[one does wonder why she chose to have them marry on her birthday?! – any comments??]

The 2012 Jane Austen Wall Calendar is an updated edition with beautiful illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brock, new quotations from Austen’s novels and letters, with an entry on each date.  The calendar measures 11 inches by 17 inches and is printed in color.  Each page features a Brock color tinted drawing from one of the six novels, suggested by an entry for that month.  Based upon biographies, R.W. Chapman’s chronologies of the stories, and Jane Austen’s letters, the calendar is a year-long reminder of Austen’s life and novels.

And if you don’t win, you can purchase the calendar at the JASNA website here.  

And finally – what would I give Jane Austen for her birthday? Last year I compiled a veritable treasure trove of gifts for Jane  – I send you back to that link [please note that some of the links are no longer working – a tribute to the illusive nature of the blogsphere…] – you can also comment there to be entered into this drawing!  

So for this year I would add the following: Jane Austen’s own very best love letter, that from Captain Wentworth to Anne:

 a Letterpress Broadside from the Bowler Press;  you can also order it from their Esty shop

[they also have on offer Mr. Darcy’s letter, all five pages of it in an envelope!


The December 16 Birthday Soiree Participants: 

1. Sharon Lathan –  Blog: Sharon Lathan 
Giveaway : Miss Darcy Falls in Love 

2. Emily Snyder – Blog: O! Beauty Unattempted
Giveaway: Letters of Love & Deception  

3. Laurel Ann Nattress –   Blog:  Austenprose  
 Giveaway: signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It 

4. C. Allyn Pierson – Blog:   SemiTrue Stories
Giveaway: Mr Darcy Little Sister (open worldwide)

5. Cindy Jones – Blog: First Draft  
Giveaway:  a signed copy of My Jane Austen Summer”and a package of Lily Berry’s Pink Rose Tea by Bingley’s, Ltd. 

6. Farida Mestek – Blog:  Regency stories set against the backdrop of Regency England
Giveaway: I was Jane Austen Best Friend by Cora Harrison 

7. Marilyn Brant – Blog:    Brant Flakes
Giveaway : A canvas ACCORDING TO JANE tote bag and a pair of A SUMMER IN EUROPE luggage tags.

8. Prue Batten – Blog: Mesmered’s Blog
Giveaway : Anna Elliot’s  Georgiana Darcy (Kindle book)

9. Erin Blakemore – Blog:   The Heroine’s Bookshelf  
Giveaway :  a set of Potter-Style Pride and Prejudice notecards  

10. Velvet – Blog: vvb32 reads
Giveaway: Jane Austen’s Little Instruction Book (Charming Petites)       

11. Karen Doornebos – Blog: The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown
Giveaway: 2 Jane Austen Candles and 2 signed DNMD books plus drink coasters and tea!

12. ReginaJeffers –   ReginaJeffers’s Blog
Giveaway:  An autographed copy of “Christmas at Pemberley

13. Alyssa Goodnight – Blog: Alyssa Goodnight   
Giveaway: Jane Austen Action figure

14. Deb Barnum – Blog: Jane Austen in  Vermont
Giveaway [open worldwide]:  JASNA 2012 calendar from the Wisconsin JASNA Region

15. Laura Hile,  Susan Kaye, Pamela Aidan, and Barbara Cornthwaite – Blog: Jane Started It!
Giveaway: One copy of Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour by Pamela Aidan;
One set of Frederick Wentworth, Captain (Books 1 and 2) by Susan Kaye;
Two copies of Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course (Book 1) by Laura Hile;
George Kinghtley, Gentleman (Books 1 and 2) by Barbara Cornthwaite.

16. Juliet Archer – Blog: Choc Lit Authors’ Corner
Giveaway:  a copy of “Persuade Me”  and one of “The Importance of Being Emma

17. Jane Greensmith – Blog: Reading, Writing, Working , Playing
Giveaway: a copy of  “Intimations of Austen”, and Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated) 

18. Jenny Allworthy – Blog : The Jane Austen Film Club 
Giveaway:  a copy of Northanger Abbey DVD starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild (The winner will choose region 1 or 2 DVD)

19.  Sitio Jane Austen – Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane
Giveaway:  – Spanish edition of Sense and Sensibility for the 200th Anniversary + A DVD package with adaptations of Jane Austen
(It’s only zone 2, but it’s in Spanish and English ) +  blu-ray of the BBC’s Emma with Romola Garai 

 20. Kaitlin Saunders – Blog : Kaitlin Saunders  
Giveaway: “A Modern Day Persuasion

21. Becky Rhodehouse – Blog: One Literature Nut
Giveaway: selection of Austenesque Reads

22. Patrice Sarath – Blog: Patrice Sarath
Giveaway: A copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet

23. Adriana Zardini –  Site: Jane Austen Brasil
Giveaway: DVD – Sense and Sensibility (1995) – English / Portuguese subtitles

24.  Jane Odiwe – Blog: Jane Austen Sequels 
Giveaway:  a mug with one of  Jane Odiwe’s illustrations and a copy of her “Mr Darcy’s Secret

25. Courtney Webb – Stiletto Storytime  
Giveaway: Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant (Regency Romance)

26. Jennifer Becton – Blog: Jennifer W. Becton
Giveaway: An ebook of the Personages of Pride and Prejudice Collection, which contains all of my Austenesque works: Charlotte Collins, “Maria Lucas,” and Caroline Bingley. The giveaway will be open internationally.

27. Vera Nazarian – Blog: Urban Girl Takes Vermont
Giveaway: a copy of Vera Nazarian’s gift hardcover edition of her inspirational calendar and diary, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

28. Abigail Reynolds – Blog: Pemberley Variations
Giveaway:   a signed copy of “Mr. Darcy’s Undoing

29. Blog: AustenAuthors
Giveaway:  Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

30.  Katherine Cox – Blog: November’s Autumn
Giveaway :$10 B&N Gift-card (US only)

31. Maria Grazia –  Blog: My Jane Austen Book Club
Giveaway : A selection of Austenesque reads


I welcome your comments! Please do so by midnight December 23rd. May everyone win something!

Happy Birthday Jane!

Copyright @2011, Jane Austen in Vermont  

A Look at Life In Miniature

You must look in on this online exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford

Faith Bradford Dollhouse

The scale of this 23-room house is one inch to one foot, accommodating the miniatures that Faith Bradford (1880–1970) played with as a girl and collected as an adult. She imagined the dwelling as the turn-of-the century household of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll, their ten children, two visiting grandparents, five servants, and twenty pets.

You can select from the “Additional Pages” drop down menu and take a tour through the various floors of rooms.


You can also visit the online exhibition of the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Thorne Miniature


The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms enable one to glimpse elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s. Painstakingly constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, these fascinating models were conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and constructed between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications.


So you may wonder how this may tie in with Jane Austen? – I want to share with you the pictures of the amazing miniature collection of a good friend of mine – she gives me permission to post these, just no names  or location – but at the end you will see the Jane connection ~ enjoy the tour!

The Library

[Note the third shelf down on the right!]

And now for our Hero:

Captain Wentworth's cabin ~ or Jack Aubrey's?


Patrick O’Brian’s Post Captain, his tribute to Jane Austen – now does that JA stand for Jack Aubrey or is it indeed Jane Austen that O’Brian named his Hero after?

Thank you, good buddy, for letting me into your sanctuary of miniatures!

Copyright @2011, by Deb Barnum, at Jane Austen in Vermont

Jane in the 21st Century ~ or Was There Life Before Blogs and Facebook?

I have decided to open a Facebook account for our Jane Austen Region here in Vermont.  One, because I hear tell from the New York JASNA Region and a few others who have done this that it is great way to reach out to the younger people in the area who are Austen fans, and Two, because it is just so easy!

I had set up an account last April, but never did anything with it…no profile, no pictures, no postings – I mean really, who wants to know that daily goings-on of a bookworm anyway?  I envisioned posts like:  

  • Deborah bought an estate of books today. 
  • Deborah sold 3 books today.
  • Deborah cleaned and mylared 50 books today.
  • Deborah went to the post office today, same as yesterday.
  • Deborah spent too much time on her blogs today.
  • Deborah had peanut butter & jelly for lunch today – dinner isn’t looking much better.

etc.,  you get the picture; I mean really, WHO CARES?!

As my email was changing (thanks to the mighty Verizon-Fairpoint conversion), I was editing all my information on every site (a veritable nightmare), went into Facebookand found I had FIVE friends who wanted to connect with me.  So I quickly filled everything out, uploaded a picture, found more friends, and now feel like I am comfortably in the 21st-century, though quite sure I will not spend a lot of time there – I am already way-too-tied to the computer as it is – but I did set up this Jane Austen account and will use it to advertise our events and connect with other Austen-folks out there. [I invite you to join us!]

A quick search however, was quite the eye-opener – the number of Austen-related accounts is absolutely mind-boggling, the number of members in each even more so, and I didn’t even search every possible combination, so know there must be many more.  Some, like ours, are JASNA Chapter sites; some are quite funny; some anti-Austen / pro-Bronte, some hate Mr. Darcy, some want to be enslaved by Mr. Darcy!; some prefer Knightley or Henry Tilney [Mags, you should be running this one!]; and don’t even try to locate all the ones just on Pride & Prejudice – the book, the movies, the characters, the movie stars, on and on it goes.  I really do wonder if anyone actually works or studies anymore!  All manner of Austen-related things turn up – see for instance the recent “Austenbook” that renders the entire story of Pride & Prejudice into a Facebook posting – it’s near perfect!  http://www.much-ado.net/austenbook/

And as always,  a funny story ~ I was searching “Pride & Prejudice” and the results included all sorts combinations, and while scrolling down the first few, I discover my son’s name! – now this was a shock! – I mean my son is a great young man, but he and Jane Austen are like oil and water (he once called me from college to ask if she was dead yet!), and I have always tempered my effusions about her whilst in his presence – so as my son and I are “friends” on Facebook, I can look at his profile – and what to my surprise but I find he has listed P&P as one of his favorite books! – here’s his list:  Crime and Punishment, Siddhartha, Where the Red Fern Grows, Into Thin Air, Undaunted Courage, Killer Angels, Pride and Prejudice, The Incredible Journey, Into the Wild, Eiger Dreams – there it is in black & white!- every Austen-lover’s dream!  to pass it on!  I recall he read P&P in high school after I bribed him into it for a pair of hiking boots; he read it, passed a quiz on its finer points and did confess to liking it, but to go PUBLIC with that??!  Anyway, my faith is restored and I have hope for the world! [and he is adamant that it is not on there as a “chick-magnet”!]

So I give you a sampling [and member numbers on the date I searched]:  take your pick and join any and all!  It’s a whole new world out there – yikes! whatever would Jane say!  [note: I abbreviate her name (JA) and novel titles]

Searching “Jane Austen Society”:


  • The Honorable Ladies Society for the Appreciation of Jane Austen [JA]- 30
  • JA Appreciation Society – 25
  • People who are vexed by people who are vexed by JA society – 22
  • JA Tea Society – 10
  • JA Adoration society -1
  • The Mr. Collins Appreciation society – 231  [!]       mr-collins                                                                                                                            
  • PEERS [period events & entertainments re-creation society] – 184
  • I want to live in a costume drama – 173
  • JA made my expectations too high – 147 [with a “ditching Mr. Darcy” logo]
  • Students of a JA persuasion – 908
  • Ms. Sharp appreciation society – 77
  • Ultimate chick-flick appreciation society – 51
  • The Finer things club – 25
  • Bronte sisters pawn JA – 22
  • English Majors against JA [EMAJA] – 17
  • JA’s novels explain the universe – 13
  • Society for advocates for sound grammar & syntax – 13
  • The not so JA movie club –
  • I want to live in JA’s times – 7
  • Card & Quill society [see website: A Social Club for nostalgic ladies]
  • Amen to breeches, cravats & top hats! [with 5 reasons to join: Darcy, Wentworth, Mr. Thornton, Henry Tilney, & Roger Hamley]

Searching “Jane Austen”: [more than 500 results, many just names]

  • Jane Austen – 20,671 fans [+1; I just joined…]
  • JA fan club – 21,753
  • I love Mr. Darcy enough to make JA uncomfortable – 8,002
  • JA gave me unrealistic expectations of love – 4,393
  • I should be a JA character – 3, 185
  • JA books are ruining my sense of reality and I love it! – 2,617
  • Which JA character are you? – 4,013 [monthly active users]
  • Which JA heroine are you? – 1,168 [monthly users]


pp-penquin-coverSearching “Pride & Prejudice”:

  • Addicted to P&P – 15, 684
  • BBC P&P appreciation society – 6,792
  • I can recite the BBC version of P&P word for word – 3, 978
  • I can’t stop watching P&P! – 3,154
  • If my life could be a book, I would want it to be P&P – 859
  • Which P&P guy are you? -76
  • For the love of P&P – 840
  • Darcy is for lovers- we love P&P – 609
  • For those who ardently admire & adore P&P – 503
  • Why can’t we dance like they do in P&P? – 610
  • Not only have I seen the movie, but I’ve actually read P&P – 286


 Searching “Elizabeth Bennet”:

  • All I ever needed to know I learned from Elizabeth Bennet – 696
  • I love Mr. Darcy so much, it’s enough to make E.B. uncomfortable – 178
  • I wish I were E.B. – 154
  • In a perfect world, I’d be E.B., and Mr. Darcy would be my man – 125
  • My secret identity is E.B. – 24
  • I wish I were E.B. (so I could have sex with Mr. Darcy) – 6

Searching “Mr. Darcy”:


  • Colin Firth will always be my Mr. Darcy – 22,443
  • I refuse to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy – 15,022
  • Every girl should have a Mr. Darcy in her life – 8,195
  • Take me to Pemberley, Mr. Darcy – 3,119
  • I have Mr. Darcy syndrome & it is f___ing up my life! – 771
  • Girls waiting for men to romantically wander out of the mists toward them – 1391
  • Mr. Darcy is an idiot – 45

Searching “Sense & Sensibility”:

  • We very much dislike Willoughby – 84
  • I know S&S by heart – 162

Searching “Mr. Knightley”:

  • Mr. Darcy … Mr Knightley… and other honorable gentlemen we love – 725
  • Mr. Knightley is better than Mr. Darcy – 36
  • I am going to marry one of the men in JA’s novels – 2,671

Searching “Henry Tilney”:

  • Basically I am in love with fictional men – 6, 129 [up to 6,164 today]
  • Henry Tilney is my gothic hero – 338

Searching  “Captain Wentworth”:

  • I love Captain Wentworth – 414
  • All the good men lived 200 years ago in lonely women’s imaginations – 527


What’s scary is this is just a sampling!  and while we can assume there is overlap in numbers, we are still talking about upwards of 30,000 people! [shouldn’t we introduce them all to JASNA??] But I do take great comfort in the very obvious fact that Jane Austen in alive and well and joyfully being bandied about cyberspace! 

[Now I think I must needs go & create my own “I love my Captain Wentworth Paper-doll” page!]