the delights of Jane Austen.
insists Imogen. “I’ll explain all the difficult bits,” she adds, as she notices
the uncertain look on nine year old Gemma-Rose’s face.
the machine and soon we are immersed in a past world of gentle romance. An hour
and a half later, everyone sighs with satisfaction, even Gemma-Rose, who didn’t
need any help understanding the plot.
Charlotte, “the long version.”
along their up and down path to true love and happiness. As the credits roll
after the last episode, Charlotte sighs again and says, “That was so good!”
Austen so much when it’s all about love and romance? You usually hate romantic
rolls her eyes. “I hate watching all that over-the-top love stuff on screen.
All that kissing…”
love. You’ll find that out one day.”
trying to explain.
Imogen. “There was an etiquette that everyone followed. There were rules. You
knew what to do and what to expect.”
love, anything goes. And I don’t want to see all that.” I think of all those
passionate on-screen declarations of love. I know what my third daughter means. Although we might like to experience all those swept away feelings, there’s more to love than wild embraces.
never got married,” I observe.
she accepted a proposal and then changed her mind overnight.”
Regency times continued.
times. Now that Sophie and Gemma-Rose have watched a few DVD productions, I’m
sure their older sisters will encourage them to read the books as well. Imogen
and Charlotte have also read many non-fiction books about Jane Austen’s novels.
girls might like. I headed over to Amazon to have a look. Unable to resist
buying an ebook version, I clicked a few times and then called out, “Turn on
your Kindles, girls! I’ve sent you a new book.”
title: The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After. The author is Elizabeth Kantor and the Amazon description
begins like this:
settling for less than we want when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and
marriage. But we don’t have to, argues Elizabeth Kantor. Jane Austen can show
us how to find the love we really want…
appropriate for fifteen year old Charlotte, who’s not exactly ready to
contemplate love and marriage. But that’s not a problem. Charlotte has already
decided she won’t dive straight into the book. Instead she will wait for Imogen’s review and possible recommendation.
a few weeks ago:
almost be an old maid.”
married. And I’m not as old as Elizabeth Bennet when she married Darcy. She was
tempted to take you.”
Or Imogen could just read The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, and then arrange her “own
marriage by falling in love the Jane Austen way”.
That last quote comes from the Amazon book description. Now I am intrigued. What do those words mean exactly? I think I might just have to go and read the book and find out.