Spring has sprung here in Kentucky, even with the rain intermittently falling, so between the inevitable yard work and need to be active in the fresh, warming air, I have been busy and therefore find myself in a frivolous mood. Hence today’s blog being a series of trifles with nothing heavy or earth-shattering. And sorry for the featured image of a yummy trifle. Fooled ya!
Before I get to the fun stuff, I did want to mention a bit of technical Austen Authors news.
A bit over a month ago I moved the website from one webhost to another, this time choosing GoDaddy. Lots of reasons for the migration, which aren’t relevant now, and I only mention it in case any of our regular visitors encountered weird issues with the pages loading, images disappearing, blog posts not showing, etc. at any time in the past few weeks. Hiccups and lags in re-establishing internet connections are typical when moving to a new server, as I know very well from past experiences. This time the actual migration process went very smoothly, but the stabilization process took very long time for some people. Hopefully all the irregularities have resolved for everyone across the globe by now, so the point of mentioning this at all is simply to apologize for any strangeness and to explain why you may have noticed oddities. If anyone is still having troubles, remember the “clear history and cache” feature on your browser-of-choice. Amazingly, that really does work!
Additionally, I have taken the opportunity to do a bit of deep cleaning behind the scenes (an over 5 year old blog tends to get cluttered) mainly in the area of images. I am also doing a few cosmetic changes. Has anyone noticed the page background is now white instead of cream? Just one of a few teeny tweaks to keep our awesome website up-to-date and smoothly functioning! So bear this in mind if something looks “odd” as it may just be me messing around while the WWW gremlins are trying to keep up!
Now, on to the Tuesday Trifles…..
GUESS THE CHARACTER QUIZ
The following questions are based on Pride and Prejudice as written by Jane Austen. Some characters are easy to guess from the hints, but a few will prove to be a challenge. See how well you can do! Answers are found at the end of the post.
- My father is a knighted gentleman of modest means. Unfortunately his wealth is not huge enough to provide me with a large dowry and because I am rather plain in appearance, my chance of attracting a husband of grand means is slim. I must be practical and cannot afford to be romantic like my best friend. Settling for a comfortable home and security is my fate.
I am a Lady, and don’t you forget it! Well-bred, highly accomplished, and ranked considerably above many others, I demand respect. My estate is extraordinary and my opinions perfect. Only impertinent fools would dare to cross me.
I am spoken OF more often than given the chance to speak for myself. In fact, on the handful of occasions when I am physically present, none of my words are recorded. Most people describe my character in error. Miss Elizabeth, however, sees the truth instantly!
Dancing, parties, entertainment, and officers….yes! Especially the officers! sigh Propriety? Manners? Oh pooh! How boring is that? I just want to flirt and have fun! Who cares about the consequences? All I need is a perfect, handsome husband, preferably in a blue jacket.
I am the epitome of what high society desires. Beautiful, accomplished, rich, fashionable, graceful, and so many other admirable traits. I would be a perfect wife for a man of position and wealth, and I have just such a man picked out. Now if I can just keep scheming country chits away from him, all will be well.
Bringing the militia under my command into Meryton has proven very beneficial for me. I married my dear wife while there, and befriends a number of delightful citizens. One young lady, much adored by my wife, became our guest when transferred to Brighton. Unfortunately that decision did not turn out so well…
I was robbed of my just inheritance and position of importance by an arrogant, selfish man who will pay for his harsh treatment of me! In the mean time, my charm, extreme handsomeness, gentlemanly appearance, and willingness to do anything, no matter how disreputable, will aid my survival.
I am blessed to be in a respected position in a fine manor, employed by a most excellent gentleman. I can never say enough about his kindness, affability, devotion to his sister and tenants. Being a servant to my Master is the greatest post on earth.
I never appear in Miss Austen’s novel, but I am referred to several times. Noted to be acquainted with Mr. Wickham, I aid him in a nefarious task that fails. Later, my renewed involvement with Wickham was put to the test, but money trumps loyalty.
I live to eat, drink, and play at cards. Engaging in activity too strenuous is not my choice, although sitting still to read a book is astonishing to me! I am a man of fashion more than fortune, but luckily my wife has wealth enough to maintain our high standard of living in London.
There are several videos on YouTube made by clever people with lots of time on their hands which mesh scenes from Disney movies with the audio from the official trailer for the 2005 cinematic version of Pride and Prejudice. The one below is the one I liked the best. Enjoy!
This may not be new to everyone, but it was to me. While looking for any new Austen-related videos on YouTube, I stumbled across a fascinating channel by Dr. Octavia Cox called “All Things Classic Literature” begun only a few months ago. The video below is Dr. Cox’s introduction, so I shall allow her to speak for herself. Her channel already has over 100 videos covering diverse literary topics. The playlist for Jane Austen, called “Close Reading,” has 21 videos and they are all fabulous, in-depth examinations. Topics include: Why did Mr. Wickham elope with Lydia Bennet? and Which is the worst marriage in Jane Austen’s novels? and Fanny Price’s Imagination.
Clicking the image above or the YouTube video below will take you to her channel. Check out all her videos as they are incredible. Or, if only interested in Close Reading With Jane Austen, click for direct access.
Jane Austen is known for her incredible wisdom and wit, as we are all aware. This comes through in a multitude of ways within her novels, particularly in the words spoken by her characters. Alas, so many of her personal letters are lost to us, but those that remain provide a wealth of examples of Austen’s humor and command of language even in casual correspondence. Below are several quotes, some familiar and some perhaps not so much. There is a trick! Scattered within are three quotes NOT by Miss Austen but by other famous authors. Can you find the three non-Austen quotes? Answers are at the end of this blog.
“I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit.”
“Another stupid party last night; perhaps if larger they might be less intolerable, but here there were only just enough to make one card table, with six people to look over, & talk nonsense to each other.”
“I will not say that your mulberry trees are dead; but I am afraid they’re not alive. ”
“I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”
“To you I shall say, as I have often said before, Do not be in a hurry, the right man will come at last…”
“Next week I shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend.”
“Mr. Digweed has used us basely. Handsome is as handsome does; he is therefore a very ill-looking man.”
“It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still love it.”
“I am tolerably glad to hear that Edward’s income is so good a one–as glad as I can at anybody’s being rich besides You & me.”
“Miss Blachford is married, but I have never seen it in the Papers. And one may as well be single if the Wedding is not to be in print.”
“I have no doubt of his suffering a good deal for a time, a great deal, when he feels he must give you up;–but it is no creed of mine, as you must be well aware, that such sort of Disappointments kill anybody.”
“Challenges make life interesting, however overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
“We must be merciful, for perhaps in time we may come to be Mrs Stents ourselves, unequal to anything & unwelcome to everybody.”
Now, I know y’all are dying to learn Which Jane Austen Novel You Belong In or Which Jane Austen Heroine You Are, among other vital-to-life assessments. Thankfully there are highly educated scientists with more letters behind their names than are in the whole alphabet who have created questionnaires with technical algorithms and computer analysis to ascertain the correct answers to such burning queries. Or maybe they are just bloggers with too much time on their hands, like the video creators mentioned above. Whatever the case, have fun with the ones linked to below! Give at least one a shot and share your results with us in the comments below.
My results to each quiz, in order: I belong in Persuasion. I will be asked to dance, by a handsome and eligible bachelor, no less! Not surprisingly based on the results of quiz #1, my inner Austen heroine is Anne Elliot. Okay by me! I am Jane Bennet, the endlessly kind Bennet sister. Lastly, since there is definitely a trend going on here, my perfect Austenian boo is the “sociable, steadfast, and proud” Frederick Wentworth. Alrighty then!
I hope everyone enjoyed these trifles from me.
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