A Homebody Gentleman’s Menu (inspired by Emma)

Woodhouse Weekly Menu Sunday Roasted lamb, root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnip, mushroom), freshly baked bread, apple tart, wine Monday Egg atop a bed of roast root vegetables (left-over from Sunday roast), left over bread, custard, wine Tuesday North Wiltshire, Stilton cheese, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, wine Wednesday Fish soup, freshly baked bread, boiled oats and… Continue reading A Homebody Gentleman’s Menu (inspired by Emma)

People, Places, and Social Things

Mansfield Park is ripe with instances in which place names and physical locations are referenced and hold significant weight. One instance near the beginning places the two young Miss Bertrams in front of their aunt, Mrs. Norris, claiming, “She [Fanny] thinks nothing but the Isle of Wight, and she calls it the Island, as if… Continue reading People, Places, and Social Things

Information in Conversation

One of the most notable instances in Pride in Prejudice, for devoted fans and first-time readers alike, is that of Mr. Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth Bennet and her subsequent reaction. Through their reaction, the audience is finally able to garner information regarding Mr. Darcy’s feelings for Elizabeth, whereas, previously, it had been gossip from… Continue reading Information in Conversation

Separate but Bundled

  Initially my search for items/practices present during the time in which Austen wrote was situated around marriage. Soon, I discovered a practice that made me laugh out loud: the bundling board. Essentially, when the parents of a courting couple during the eighteenth century wanted to test the compatibility of their children’s relationship, the couple… Continue reading Separate but Bundled