"Your entire personality is a riddle, Mr. Knightley. I thought you overqualified."
Pic 1: A MySpace page for Emma
Pic 2: Risky Regencies page
This week my quote is from Northanger Abbey. Catherine and Henry are discussing Henry's brother's flirtations with Catherine's brother's fiancee. (yikes!) Henry says:
'No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.'
Northanger Abbey, Chapter 19
This was one of those statements that made me stop reading, and reread it. It just demands a second reading! Everytime I read NA I stop at this quote, so I thought it belonged here on the blog. I don't have a massive opinion about it, I just wonder at it!
There is something lovely, I think, about hearing a masculine voice in this way. It speaks of such pride and love and tenderness, and I can fully believe Henry Tilney feeling this way about Catherine. Such a beautiful quote. It always makes me smile.
Pic: Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland from: The Lit Connection
This is non-BJ related (actually, Atonement-related. Good movie. Michelle, where’s that Atonement assignment?!), but since I missed James McAvoy so much (and his Scottish accent!), these are three parts of an interview of James with Michael Parkinson. Oh, Billie Piper was there too, she’s pretty cute.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzxfk-GHYTE&feature=related – part one Parkinson
Ah… sweet sixteen… before Michelle’s turn next week (nudge!) for the sweet seventeen. Anyway, for it’s sweet 16, I should come up with something sweet and romantic. Here it goes, Emma Volume III, Chapter 13 (page 339,
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken; but where, as in this case, though the conduct is mistaken, the feelings are not, it may not be very material. – Mr. Knightley could not impute to Emma a more relenting heart than she possessed, or a heart more disposed to accept of his.
Aaah… Knightley! I really think it was so sweet of him to admit his love to Emma in such a way, without too flowery a language and by accepting that neither he nor Emma was perfect (but their very imperfections actually add the chemistry between them). Such sweet tender truth, spoken by an old friend like Mr. Knightley. Emma would be a fool indeed not to love him!
Sorry Linda and Michelle dear, Mark Strong is compelling, but I just have to go with my Jeremy Northam this time… swoon…
Pic: George Knightley (Jeremy Northam) and Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Palthrow) from the Riskyregency.blogspot.com
I'm so happy to have so many passionate readers and talented friends to contribute to this website. Take a look at this gorgeous fanvid of Maria from Sweden (and Peanut!), dedicated to Pat Lovell. Pat chose the song, i.e. You're the One by Karen Carpenter. Brilliant! Thank you, Maria and Pat!
Dearest Mariana sent us a pack of lovely pictures of her renditions of Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) and Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), one of them is this one above.
She also sent us the lovely photo of her Jane Austen/Becoming Jane collections. It's very cute, and makes me thinking about this... that fans and readers of this site can email me or Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any great pictures of Jane Austen/Becoming Jane collections.
Pics: Mariana's private collections
I am delighted to announce that the winner of our quiz which we launched in commemoration of the anniversary of Jane Austen's death is...........
Jane Austen was born on
Anne Hathaway - Jane Austen
James McAvoy - Tom Lefroy
Julie Walters - Mrs. Austen
James Cromwell - Revd. George Austen (Jane's father)
Maggie Smith - Lady Gresham
Anna Maxwell Martin - Cassandra Austen
Joe Anderson - Henry Austen
Lucy Cohu - Eliza de Feullide
Laurence Fox - Mr. Wisley
Philip Culhane - George Austen (Jane's brother)
Ian Richardson – Judge Langlois
Leo Bill – John Warren
Jessica Ashworth – Lucy Lefroy
Eleanor Methven – Mrs. Lefroy
Michael James Ford – Mr. Lefroy
Sophie Vavasseur – Jane Lefroy
Helen McCrory – Ann Radcliffe
Julian Jarrold - Director
Graham Broadbent, Robert Bernstein, & Douglas Rae - Producer
Adrian Johnston - Soundtrack
Kevin Hood & Sarah Williams - Screenplay writers
Eigil Bryld - Cinematography
Jane Gibson - Choreography
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh - Costume
Gail Stevens & Gillian Reynolds - Casting
McAvoy knew his portrait of Tom could only come alive with the right Jane, and he found Anne Hathaway almost supernaturally suited for the part. “I don’t think we could have chosen anyone better to play Jane Austen," he says.
Jane Austen’s greatest love story was her own
It was at the end of 1795 when the young Jane Austen met the dashing Irish rogue Thomas Langlois Lefroy. Jane would not realise that from prejudice and innuendos between her and Tom, a fresh bud of passion would grow into love that would last for years to come, literally changing her way of looking into life and giving her new insights into her already blooming creative writing. Yet, Tom Lefroy was not a man of wealth, and thus his family needed him to find a more suitable partner than the last daughter of the Austens. Will reality defeat love, or will love triumph in Jane Austen’s life?
‘I’m yours, Jane, heart and soul!’
~ Tom Lefroy to Jane Austen, ‘Becoming Jane’
Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection – JA,
Nothing can be compared to the misery of being bound without Love, bound to one, & preferring another – JA,
‘Persuasion’, chapter 8, Jane Austen
To be so bent on marriage, to pursue a man merely for the sake of situation – is a sort of thing that shocks me.
The film Becoming Jane has given us an image of Jane Austen that liberates our imagination. I envy readers of my book who come to it with Anne Hathaway’s image of Jane in their mind’s eye. You will not have to struggle against the image Cassandra created to see the Jane Austen who was young and pretty, lively and in love. Anne Hathaway’s skilful portrayal of Jane Austen in Becoming Jane shows that art can have as much power to bring us closer to the truth as facts themselves can.