I admit… When I read Jane Austen I appropriate the characters. I may imagine myself as the brilliant sparkling Elizabeth Bennet (rarely) or the pragmatic Elinor Dashwood (too often) – but I’m someone. Somedays when I’m particulary surly I might even be a Mary – show me a “good” Mary in all of Austen – please. 🙂
But no matter who I am… I am well dressed. I move through the story in silk dresses, maybe a cool muslin, cravats, if I’m Darcy that day, and shoe-roses got by proxy.
I think one reason we can so easily cast ourselves into 200 year old stories is that Austen gets us. Human nature hasn’t changed even if fashions have. From Pride and Prejudice alone, Austen shows we will always get things wrong; carry prejudice, look out for our own interests, demonstrate beautiful loyalty, stand firm when pressed, and often rise above it all with the truest sacrificial instincts. We see in her fiction and in our lives, that sibling love is powerful and a gift, sibling rivalry undeniable, and families, good or bad, are for life. We meet these people daily – we are these people daily – and for a little while we dress like them and that’s a lovely escape.
Now back to my sweats my running shirt… 😉
Have a great day!