Monday, August 24, 2009

Jane Austen Frills 08.24.09

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
by Laurie Viera Rigler

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
by Laurie Viera Rigler

Have you read either of these?

Neither have I.

Want to?

Me too.

Stephanie's Written Word has an interesting author interview post, Sex and the Austen Girl (& a BIG giveaway for both books) - offer ends August 29, 2009.

To enter the giveaway you must answer Laurie Viera Rigler's question:
Are we better off now, or would we be better off back then?

My response:
We’re better off now. I would hate having to wait and wait and wait for suitors. Plus because of the class system, the selection of suitors is limited.

Excerpts from the interview

Gauging a Man’s Intentions, 1813:

When a single man reserves the first two dances at a ball with a young woman and then asks her to dance with him again, that’s a pretty obvious sign of interest. If he then pays regular visits to her mother and father, contrives to sit by her at dinner, and has little conversation for anyone else, a proposal is sure to follow.

Gauging a Man’s Intentions, 2009:

Since anything goes in the flirting and physical contact department, much of it in public, and none of it necessarily indicative of anything more than the ego and physical gratification of the moment, intention is anyone’s guess. Though a man may appear to be in love (or pretty close to it) prior to making love, the woman may never hear from him again after the deed is done. In that respect, things have not changed at all since 1813.

Read more

Another fun find:

Jane Austen Purse Charms
created by Jean of Thoughts on Jane Austen and Other Cultural Icons

Jean says that she uses a variety of pewter charms, lampwork, and Swarovski in all her designs.

She also has other designs based on Jane Austen's novels. The Pride and Prejudice bracelet is a chic black and white theme.

Her pieces are so inspiring, I might have to open up my beadbox and concoct something Austen-ish.

Check out more of Jean's Jane Austen bling here.

*Jane Austen Frills are going to be posts of Jane Austen related treasures I find in the blogosphere.
Imagination Designs
Images from: Lovelytocu