Author Archives: Paisley James

Villains I Like to Know More About

Villains I Like to Know More About

Hello everyone, A few days ago, I watched the new Cruella movie with my younger daughter and we both greatly enjoyed it as it is filled with beautiful costumes and scenes. But what I most enjoyed was how the story revolves around the character of Estella/Cruella and shows the events that made her the person… Read the full blog post …

Sibling Affection

Sibling Affection

All of the main characters (male and female) in Austen’s novels have sisters. In fact, in most cases, they have two or more sisters. However, what I have always found interesting is that except for the Bannet sisters and the Dashwood sisters, we barely see/read much affection among the siblings in the stories. In the… Read the full blog post …

The Desire to Escape into Reading

The Desire to Escape into Reading

Recently I had the pleasure of reading a great book called Anticipating Education by Dr. Deborah Britzman. The book is a collection of some of her lectures and/or talks on using psychoanalysis to reflect on pedagogy. In the book, there is a fascinating chapter about reading. Britzman talks about her early memories of reading, her struggles,… Read the full blog post …

Love Letters

Love Letters

Hello all, Over the last several months I have been watching a Turkish TV series. Yes, I am actually watching a daily show in a completely foreign language. Why? Because love is a universal language and a good love story, in any language or culture, is relatable and enjoyable to watch. You know how I… Read the full blog post …

Location Location Location

Location Location Location

Hello everyone, Let me begin by thanking you for all your well wishes for me and my family since the last post. I am happy to report that my husband and I have fully recovered from Covid-19. It was a rough couple of weeks, but I am fully aware of how fortunate we both are… Read the full blog post …

For What Do We Live?

For What Do We Live?

  “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” This is one of my most loved lines from Pride and Prejudice. It pretty much sums up Jane Austen’s attitude toward life and toward her characters. She writes relatable and familiar characters and then allows… Read the full blog post …

Marital Bliss

Marital Bliss

Austen’s novels are known for their happy endings. In all her six novels, the male and female protagonists find their “happily ever after” and become engaged. And that is precisely where the novels end and Austen never gives us a glimpse into these couples’ married lives. So, as readers we are left to imagine beautiful and… Read the full blog post …

A Force to Reckon With

A Force to Reckon With

Of all the secondary characters in Austen’s novels, Lady Catherine is by far one of my favourites and the scene between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine, after the great lady finds out about Mr. Darcy’s proposal, is perhaps one of the most beautiful scenes in Pride and Prejudice. Their conversation, the back-and-forth between the two strong-minded,… Read the full blog post …

Riding Habits

Riding Habits

Hello all, A while ago, I was doing a bit of research into the history and transformation of lady’s riding habits before and during the Regency period for a new story I was working on. As the name implies, riding habits are what women wore when they wanted to ride. A riding habit usually included… Read the full blog post …

Flirting with Mr. Darcy

Flirting with Mr. Darcy

Hello all, I hope you are all well and keeping safe wherever you are. Here in Canada, we are going through the second wave of the pandemic and, unfortunately, the number of positive cases are surging. I have been staying home with my daughters since they are both enrolled in virtual schooling. It’s definitely a… Read the full blog post …

Drawing Room Banter

Drawing Room Banter

One of my all-time favourite scenes in Pride and Prejudice is the conversation between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth about pride and vanity. “Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!” cried Elizabeth. “That is an uncommon advantage, and uncommon I hope it will continue, for it would be a great loss to me to have… Read the full blog post …