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Shakespeare’s omnipresence is  fun.  At least I think he’s everywhere, then and now, and I love that about him.  It’s amazing how he seems to have something to say about everything and everyone.

Old as wine yet fresh as a spring morning, this year marks the 450th anniversary of his birth.  The Shakespeare World is alive with celebrations.

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Truth is I used to resist Shakespeare in school until I went crazy about anything Jane Austen. Suddenly I chant Sonnet 116 ala Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken….

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And for a thorough helping of insult, try this one from Henry IV. Nothing beats what Shakespeare fancies tickling. These are words only a Shakespeare can pull off.  Is the Bard cheeky or what?

“Away, you scullion! you rampallion! you fustilarian!
I’ll tickle your catastrophe.”
–Falstaff from “2 Henry IV” (2.1.68)

Thanks to our hosts: Mrs Nesbitt and the ABC Team * Our World


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According to outgoing Governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King, ‘Austen may become the next figure to appear on the £10 note.’ He was heading off ‘a row over banknote sexism following the bank’s announcement to replace Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note with Sir Winston Churchill.’ (The Times)

As an Austen fan I am delighted about the news.  American Book Rioters share their nominations, like Alcott, Angelou, Hemingway, Poe, Twain. I fancy Dickens.

Any author you would like to nominate?

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On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party by way of provision for discourse. – Jane Austen


Almost three years ago the kiddo was not just a shy six-year old but one throwing tantrums (whether at home or the mall, or everywhere really) at the slightest provocation. It required specialist advice upsetting savings meant for overseas holidays. While sorting that out I read one of my favorite authors. On chapter six of Sense and Sensibility I came across a line that made me pause to look for a pen and underline it.  It was a delight to find Jane Austen’s thoughts on children and their communication development.

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Happy birthday to one of my favorite English female authors, Jane Austen. Today, December 16th 2012 is her 237th birthday anniversary.

Jane Austen is greeted by loads of fans on Facebook today. In one page a question next to the greeting was asked, ‘what’s your favorite Austen novel?’ Someone answered Jane Eyre. Well, at least that got me waking up from almost falling asleep reading too many words about Mary Wollstonecraft 🙂

My favorite Austen novel by the way is SAM_8509

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Colour illustration of a 1907 edition of Northanger Abbey by C. E. Brock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Terrible score. Immense fun. And since I enjoyed the quiz, or anything really in which I learn something from, I’d say the amusement was all that mattered.

This was a quiz in which you would match the quotation to the novel. The Jane Austen Centre did not show corrections to wrong matches so I googled them; should be nice to keep them on the blog as souvenir.

‘Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath’ Northanger Abbey

‘He had counted eighty-seven women go by, one after another, without there being a tolerable face among them’ Persuasion

‘It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her. Emma

‘There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.’  Mansfield Park

‘Every neighbourhood should have a great lady’  Sandition

‘It was the peculiar misfortune of this woman to have bad ministers – Since wicked as she herself was, she could not have committed such extensive mischief had not these vile and abandoned men connived at and encouraged her in her crimes’ The History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian

‘To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.’ Pride and Prejudice

‘A woman of seven and twenty…can never hope to feel or inspire affection again.’ Sense and sensibility

‘Facts are such horrid things’ Lady Susan

‘There are some circumstances which even women cannot control. – Female economy will do a great deal…but it cannot turn a small income into a large one.’ The Watsons

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Katherina contemplates her empty plate in The Taming of the Shrew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are keen on classic literature, you may sense something familiar in these modern teen films.

Take Valley Girl (1983). Deborah Foreman, the valley girl and Nicholas Cage, a punk fall in love to the objection of their social circles who are fundamentally opposites. I sniff Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet theme in it.

Clueless, released in 1995, follows the plot of a novel written a century and eight decades ago – Jane Austen’s Emma. I could have just said a hundred and eighty years ago or drop a visually numeral 1815 but I thought you might have fun with the math. Finding out how long have creations been around is part of the appeal of why they are classic. See the similarity: a rich girl (Alicia Silverstone, Clueless) has got a ‘project’ which is helping her friends with fashion choices, and yes, boyfriend choices too.  The Emma heroine plays matchmaker for Harriet Smith.

In 1999 I passed up watching “10 Things I Hate About You” because I have had enough hatred in actual life to deal with. The truth is I wasn’t aware the film was based on some of my favorites things – classic literature. Had I known it was I would have watched it. This time I’ll get to see how good and nice a retelling it is of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

And how about From Prada to Nada? It is said to be a Latina spin on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

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Global Jane

Photo Credit: Jane Austen’s House Museum

This is a recent display in the Learning Center of Jane Austen‘s House Museum, shared on FB. ‘All the red dots on the map,’ according to Management, ‘represent the different places our visitors have come from.’  JAHM is proud to claim: “Jane Austen is a global sensation.”

A fan commented, “of course she is globally loved.” Another hoped to ‘someday add her dot to the map.’ And I added, ‘Bangkok coming soon!’  Maybe I should plan a timeline to make soon soon. While I regret not being able to visit any place Austen-related when I went to England, I no longer mind it so much as I’m thinking of making it a reason to visit England again. Now I’m excited 🙂

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