Category Archives: Sense & Sensibility

The Importance of Brothers in Jane Austen’s Novels

In James Fordyce’s Sermons to Young Women (1766), Fordyce says, “The world, I know not how, overlooks in our sex a thousand irregularities, which it never forgives in yours; so that the honour and peace of a family are, in … Continue reading

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A Widow’s Stipend, Jointures, Dower, Settlements, and Dowry. Which is Which in the Regency?

  English Common Law provided a widow a life interest in one-third of the freehold lands her husband owned at the time of their marriage. She could not be denied these rights unless she was found guilty of treason, felony, … Continue reading

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Playing Cards in Jane Austen’s England, Pleasant Pastime, as Well as Gambling

… the undeniably romantic allure of the richly decorated gaming clubs or the reckless gambling of dynastic fortunes [which] rather trump[s] the dingy and dull penny games played against street walls or in alehouses. (Arthur Pitt, MA dissertation, A Study Of … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and the Heroine’s Essential Journey, a Guest Post from Nancy Lawrence

I loved this post from fellow Austen Author, Nancy Lawrence, because of the uniqueness of the subject, an idea I had not considered previously, but because of her lovely images from Austen film adaptations (and NOT because she included links … Continue reading

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Austen’s Use of Coincidence and Character Development, a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on 22 January 2020. Enjoy!  In a recent blog, I wrote about coincidences in Jane Austen’s work. I’m following up again today with a few more examples of how she used them and how … Continue reading

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“It Was Certainly a Very Remarkable Coincidence!” a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

“It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!”—Northanger Abbey. Writing from roughly 1795 on, Jane Austen is usually seen as the last major writer of the 18th century. In many novels of that century, plot coincidences were not only accepted, they were … Continue reading

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‘It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!” – a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on October 3, 2019. The question is how do the main characters meet? And is “coincidence” and “compaction” necessary for writers? “It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!”—Northanger Abbey. Writing from roughly 1795 … Continue reading

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