Monday, 27 April 2015

It’s been a lovely 8 years ...

Dear Readers,

Since meeting online 8 years ago and starting this blog we have learnt a lot, we have certainly made many new friends and we have uncovered some fascinating things about Jane and Tom. One of our greatest achievements was putting together a timeline which gave us a foundation for reading, discovering and writing other things about Jane that are now close to our heart.

8 years is a long time and we are running out of quotes but more importantly each of us has little time these days and have therefore decided that we will not be continuing with our quote of the week. This is not the end though, we are still going to be committed to posting when we have something interesting to say about Jane, Tom or indeed any JA adaptations that we want to talk about and share with you all.

Icha is visiting Europe in June and we are hoping to meet up and visit Bath and Chawton together, something we have wished for since we started speaking in 2007 so we will definitely be updating the blog with our adventures then.

This is not goodbye as we will all still be very much linked to this blog and will still respond to any comments that we receive but we want to thank all of you for your contributions and for making this journey really enjoyable.

Until you hear from us again, enjoy the archives!

Love Rachel, Icha and Linda xxx

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Jane Austen Quote of the Week 297

Cinderella (Lily James) and Prince Kit (Richard Madden) dancing in the 2015 Cinderella

Happy Easter, everyone!  May you have the Universe’s blessings with you always.
Since it’s Easter, I was thinking of finding an Easter-related quote.  But since I’ve been in love with Cinderella 2015 (oh what a beautiful movie...Kenneth Branagh is an amazing director!), and some of the Cinderella quotes actually resonated with Jane Austen’s quotes, I’d take a quote shared between Cinderella and Miss Austen. In this case, Miss Anne Elliot.

From Persuasion, Chapter 16, Anne described what good company was to her:

''My idea of good company ... is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.''

To which Mr Elliot replied that she was mistaken, for “that is not good company; that is the best.”
Ella meets Kit for the first time

While Cinderella, having been banished by her stepmother to live in the attic, actually thought that no company is better than poor company. And those few friends she had, she treated with love and kindness. I have “only” watched the movie twice (actually planning for the 3rd one... blame Lily James’ and Richard Madden’s sizzling on-screen chemistry as Cinderella and the Prince), so I don’t remember the verbatim words. But according to the Elephant Journal, it should be something like this:

It’s better to be alone, than be surrounded by poor company.
She had few friends, but the ones she had, “she treated with an open heart and an open hand.”

Well, I hope you’ve been having good company during this Easter, the ones who love you just as you are and treat you with open heart and open hand... And if you have not found your best company, I hope you will be soon, just like the new Cinderella meets her Prince on an equal ground.