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

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Entailing inner intentions

Entail (as sourced from the Merriam Webster Dictionary): to restrict (property) by limiting the inheritance to the owner's lineal descendants or to a particular class thereof to confer, assign, or transmit (something) for an indefinitely long time: to confer, assign, or transmit as if by entail to fix (a person) permanently in some condition or… Continue reading Entailing inner intentions

Sensibility is falsity

In Love and Freindship, Austen presents her audience- originally her family members- with seemingly conflicted definitions of sensibility. To be sensible, one must be intelligent, without flaunting their brilliance, aware of social cues, have manners, be composed, without being notably emotionally compromised in response to any given event, and demonstrate sympathy towards others despite justification… Continue reading Sensibility is falsity

On “The Way of the World”

At the end of the first act in Congreve’s The Way of the World, Petulant declares, “Then let ‘em show their innocence by not understanding what they hear, or else show discretion by not hearing what they would not be thought to understood.” Here he is responding to Mirabell’s challenge, aimed to satiate his desire… Continue reading On “The Way of the World”