Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Jane Austen Reality Show

I just finished watching Becoming Jane, a movie not inspired by one of Jane Austen’s books, but by her life.

Unlike her novels, in which the protagonists after some degree of conflict, live “happily ever after”, this film tells the bittersweet story of the romance novelist who remained unmarried until her untimely death at the age of 41 on July 18, 1817.

Some of Jane Austen’s quotes.
  • In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
  • With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.
  • For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
  • Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
  • There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
  • Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.
  • An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.
I highly recommend the movie.


You can download a font based on Jane’s handwriting here.

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