Author Archives: Lelia Eye

What Do You Like about . . .

What Do You Like about . . .

As you know, this tends to be an incredibly busy time of the year. Considering you have Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, it’s a wonder anyone can do anything other than run around squawking like a chicken with its head cut off. (Or is that just how I feel at this time of year?… Read the full blog post …

One Good Sonnet

One Good Sonnet

  ” . . . When [Jane] was only fifteen, there was a man at my brother Gardiner’s in town so much in love with her that my sister-in-law was sure he would make her an offer before we came away. But, however, he did not. Perhaps he thought her too young. However, he wrote… Read the full blog post …

(In)Formality of Language

(In)Formality of Language

I think we are all quite aware that Austen’s writing is of a rather formal sort. Based on her writing style and on how people of the upper classes spoke, that means that sometimes, the conversation seems quite stilted to our modern eyes. In Pride and Prejudice, the following conversation between Jane and Elizabeth particularly… Read the full blog post …

A Textual Study of Lady Lucas

A Textual Study of Lady Lucas

  As I have been put on bedrest for preterm labor issues, I am writing this post a bit in advance. I do not know when baby boy will get here, and the wait seems interminable! But he does need to bake a little longer. I began re-reading Pride and Prejudice recently to see what might… Read the full blog post …

Pride and Prejudice and Limericks

Pride and Prejudice and Limericks

I have recently started having limericks on my mind. It started with a battle with Alexa. Some text on my television screen suggested that I ask Alexa to tell me a Star Wars limerick. Naturally, being a Star Wars fan, I did so. Unfortunately, this led me into a battle with my Amazon Fire Cube, as it… Read the full blog post …

Chapter 1 of Pride and Prejudice

Chapter 1 of Pride and Prejudice

I had begun to reread Pride and Prejudice recently when it struck me just how impressive the first chapter is. At less than 1,000 words, you would expect it to be a mere toe-dip in the ocean of the novel, but it is actually quite masterful. Take that masterful first line: “It is a truth universally… Read the full blog post …

A Character Study of Charlotte Lucas

A Character Study of Charlotte Lucas

Unfortunately, my morning sickness seems to be clinging to me for longer than I had hoped, but life must carry on. I thought this time I would take a textual look at Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice. I think she is an often-underutilized character whose practicality and keen eye are quite remarkable. In some… Read the full blog post …

Genderlessness in Jane Austen’s Emma

Genderlessness in Jane Austen’s Emma

Greetings, all. I have been facing rather bad morning sickness which has made it such that effort of any sort is quite difficult. It started at Christmas, and based on previous pregnancies, I rather expect it to continue until mid- to late-March. My weeks consist of work, a very small amount of laundry, and trying… Read the full blog post …

Pride and Prejudice and K-Dramas

Pride and Prejudice and K-Dramas

I know there are dangers to oversimplifying characters and losing some of those all-important nuances, but please forgive me for doing so here. I’m here with regard to the “Mr. Darcy” Archetype. You know, the rich snob with a heart of gold who is at odds with the less financially fortunate female lead but falls… Read the full blog post …

Snap-dragon and Christmas Traditions

Snap-dragon and Christmas Traditions

Here you can behold a mighty dragon playing the game of Snap-dragon! This image is from the Book of Days by Robert Chambers (1879). In “The Matchmaking Schemes of Anne de Bourgh,” a short story in the Mistletoe and Mischief anthology that I co-authored with Jann Rowland and Colin Rowland last Christmas, I featured the… Read the full blog post …