Jane Austen-esque

Three Reasons Why Today’s World Can Never Be Jane Austen-esque


I have no idea what brought this to mind, but I thought I would share.

1.      In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy goes on all kinds of mysterious errands. He comes and goes to who knows where. Facebook has kind of done away with all the mystery. “Mr. Darcy is @ Applebees with Mr. and Miss Bingley.”

2.      This one really only pertains to those of us living in small spaces. But think of the concept of “taking a turn about the room”.  It really only works if you live in a very large house. Which I do not. I’m picturing Miss Bennett and Miss Bingley in my apartment taking a turn..actually about 12 steps would probably do it.

3.      The men hate dancing. Hate might be a strong word, but many men today do not like dancing. At least back then they pretended to.


5 thoughts on “Jane Austen-esque

    • Dawnine says:

      Actually, if I remember correctly, there was a significant amount of cleavage on display – but the rest of you was fairly well hidden. Even a glimpse of stocking-covered ankle was considered risque.

  1. Dawnine says:

    RE: #1 – You are assuming that such a private man as MR. Darcy would condescend to post his every move – or even have a facebook account. No matter – his groom would likely have one and be hinting at all the delicious gossip surrounding his illustrious employer – or possibly taking bids from the rags.

    RE: #3 – Back then it was the only way they could have non-compromising “alone” time with a young lady… to talk without chaperons listening in and actually *gasp* touch each other. That is why the women had to wear gloves – no skin to skin contact allowed.

    So dancing served more than one purpose back then… and it was much more complicated as everyone did the same steps. It was a sign of breeding and grace to dance well – I don’t know the social significance now.

  2. babyblurbs says:

    Great example of the difference between Elizabeth Bennet’s world and our own: TV miniseries “Lost in Austen” with Jemima Rooper. Amanda, Jane Austen fan in modern-day London, accidentally switches places with Lizzy, and spends the rest of the show trying to make everything come out the way it’s supposed to in the book.

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