Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cordy's Jane Austen Would You Rather

     I discovered this lovely game of would you rather -- Austen style -- over on Cordy's blog, Write On, Cordy!  I'm so excited to play, so let's get to it!

 1. Would you rather summer at Abbey Mill Farm with the Martins or spend the winter in London with your aunt and uncle?

     London.  I'm definitely more of a hustle-'n'-bustle-loving city girl.  I think visiting the Martins' farm would be pleasant, of course, but I wouldn't spend an entire summer there.
2. Would you rather be carried away in the moment and insult someone in company or be overcome by horrid imaginings and have to confess your thoughts to someone you admire?

     I suppose, if I have to choose, I would rather embarrass myself than insult someone in public. 
3. Would you rather marry Mr. Bingley or Robert Martin?

     Probably Mr. Bingley.  He seems like such a fun guy.  Robert Martin, as nice as I'm sure he is, seems too serious for me.  (Not that that's a bad thing.)

4. Would you rather tour the lake country or visit the seaside?

      The seaside, definitely!  I am so in love with the seaside.
5. Would you rather entertain Miss Bates or Mr. Collins in conversations?

      Oh, Miss Bates, to be sure!  She may talk as incessantly as Mr. Collins, but at least she's a kind and well-meaning woman.  Mr. Collins can be so annoying.
6. Would you rather sing a musical piece at a gathering while hiccuping every other line or take a great tumble while dancing?

     Oh, dear.  I suppose I'd prefer...I don't know!  Goodness, I'd be embarrassed either way.  I'll go with the hiccups while singing, though.  I might be able to work with that.  I'd hate to fall in the middle of a dance and appear clumsy!

7. Would you rather be deceived by Willoughby or Wickham?

     I have to say Willoughby.  He never seemed so spiteful and vindictive as Mr. Wickham.  At least, to me.
8. Would you rather fall head over heels in love with a man who turns out to be engaged or fall for a man too busy loving someone else to notice you?

     The former.  At least that way he made the engagement before he fell in love with me, rather than making me feel like a fallback after publicly displaying affection for someone else.  If that makes sense.  Pretty much what Cordy said.
9. Would you rather ride in a carriage or upon a horse to an evening party?

     In a carriage.  I wouldn't want to soil my dress, now would I? ;-)

10. Would you rather accept advice from Mrs. Weston or Elinor Dashwood?

     Oh, I don't know...either one would be fine.  Perhaps Mrs. Weston because she's not so blunt as Elinor.
11. Would you rather have as a companion Jane Fairfax or Charlotte Lucas?

     Jane Farifax.  I definitely have more of a soft spot for her.  

   Thanks for the fun game, Cordy! :-)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Eleanor Tilney | An Appreciation Post

     Continuing my series highlighting the minor heroines of Jane Austen's novels, I have decided to focus on Eleanor Tilney today.  (Read my first post about Jane Fairfax.)

      From the first moment Mr. Tilney introduced Catherine and me to his sister, Eleanor, I liked her immensely.  She has a serious, yet kind and generous personality.  Her warmth and sincerity make her a much better friend than Isabella Thorpe could ever be.  

     The influence her frienship has on Catherine is obvious and quite significant as she encourages Catherine to mature and become a better lady, like herself.  Catherine instantly admires Eleanor upon first introduction, even though she is still rather loyal to Isabella.  However, by the end, Catherine learns what is really valuable in a friend.

      After losing her mother at a young age, it is clear that Eleanor is a bit lonely with only her harsh, controlling father and two brothers for companions.  She is in love with a man whom she is forbidden from speaking to.  (*Spoiler alert: She does anyway, secretly rendezvousing in the woods.*)  Catherine's friendship with her is just as important as hers with Catherine.  

     Despite her rather sad and lonely upbringing, Eleanor proves to be a strong woman who believes in love.  Even when she is unhappy in love herself, she encourages both her brother and Catherine in their growing relationship.  Having Catherine come and stay with her at Northanger Abbey is a turning point for them both as they spend time in each other's company and grow closer.  Unfortunately, they are soon torn apart by General Tilney who tells Eleanor that she must ask Catherine to leave immediately with no explanation.  Yet they determine to correspond with each other in spite of Eleanor's father.

      Now poor Eleanor is alone again.  That is until *spoiler warning* her lover returns a viscount and she marries him.  Finally, out of the goodness of her heart, she influences her father to consent to Henry and Catherine's marriage as well.  Really, if it weren't for Eleanor, Catherine's story would not have a happy ending.


     I think Eleanor deserves her own novel, truly.  She does possess the qualities of a heroine one can sympathize with.  She proves herself to be strong and sensible, not one of Jane Austen's timid minor characters nor one of her ridiculous ones or the witty social critique.  No, Eleanor is definitely a heroine in her own right.  
   She has always been a favorite of mine and should not be underestimated.  What do you think?  Do you agree?  Does she not deserve as much credit as I give her?