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I am Anne Elliot!


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When Jane Bennet is an option, I always get her, but when she isn't, I get either Anne Elliot or Elinor Dashwood.
keladry_lupin: (S&S Shawl)
I've mentioned many times that I listen to the feature commentaries on a lot of the DVDs I watch. It's a fascinating thing, because you get to hear about little things that the film makers put in; the little things that you don't notice when you're watching the film, but each one contributes to the whole. As a writer, I find them invaluable; my lovely readers notice some of these details that I put in (when I remember to), but these details do get absorbed and make the story, as a whole, more palatable.

So. As we watch Sense and Sensibility, we see that Elinor Dashwood decides that the family must go without certain staples because of money concerns: first sugar, then beef. James Schamus and Ang Lee mention this, and say that they added beef to the list of foods the Dashwood women went without, because they might already have been participating in a consumer boycott that was going on in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in England. It was the sensibility of householders -- women -- that boycotted Caribbean sugar, as a part of the abolitionist moviement: the use of slaves on the plantations.

The dialogue of the film only talks about how they must economize, and makes no mention of any politics. Other Jane Austen stories aside, the novel Sense and Sensibility doesn't mention a boycott or the political climate (outside world) at all, either. I've embarked on writing a Sense and Sensibility AU story; would it be too jarring to mention, even in passing, this sugar boycott that I think Elinor and her mother and sisters would have supported? The plight of slaves wouldn't matter to Fanny Dashwood or Lady Middleton, when compared to the comfort of themselves and their families, of course, but what about the Dashwoods and the other women in the story? Mrs Jennings, for example, Lucy Steele Ferrars, or Charlotte Palmer? What about the men? Sir John, Colonel Brandon, or Edward Ferrars?

I Googled this boycott and came up with a few references, and they all mention Caribbean sugar. And now I want to find out if there were any other sources of sugar, and what were the alternatives for sweeteners at that time. I don't want to get too political in this story, because Jane Austen's focus was on the characters and their little world: their trials, their neighbors, and how they dealt with it all. I'm not sure that even the smallest mention of this boycott would work, because I'd have to assume that my readers didn't know about it, which means I'd have to explain ... that would just be holding up the story.

Bummer.
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1. Lose weight. Even if it's just two pounds a month, it'll be something.

2. deleted ... plans change!

3. deleted, no longer relevant

3b. deleted, no longer relevant

4. Clean my desk at work, inside and out, and keep it organized for at least one sodding day. Edit: I did it! It was clean for one. Sodding. Day.

5. Make my flat more liveable by acquiring/building some really good bookshelves and a loft bed.

6. Re-enroll in Tai Chi. Learn an entire form.

7. Lay off the fast food. Buy books instead.

7b. Read at least 50 books, and at least 15,000 pages. Fanfics do not count ... not even "The Summoning."

8. Recognize one BIG character flaw or bad habit, analyze it, and not do it every day thereafter. Edit, 24 Sep: I think I've figured it out; it's sodas. No more Pepsi for me! I'm going through the caffiene-withdrawal headache right now, and it'll continue for the next few weeks, but I've decided that this is it.

9. Be more social. Reacquaint myself with the folks I used to hang out with, and don't take Crusty's inevitable snubbing so personally.

10. Update Beautiful.

10b. FINISH BEAUTIFUL, DAMN IT!!
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[livejournal.com profile] southernwitch69 asked for:

Austenverse
Elizabeth/Mr. Darcy
keywords: first kiss

First Kiss

Read more... )
keladry_lupin: (S&S Shawl)
... so if I did, here it is again! Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] mundungus42:

You scored as Elinor Dashwood. As Marianne's older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.

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Elinor Dashwood

78%

Jane Bennet

75%

Elizabeth Bennet

63%

Marianne Dashwood

63%

Emma Woodhouse

56%

Charlotte Lucas

50%

Lady Catherine

25%

Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
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Edit: I really am surprised. I've always wanted to be Elinor, but am truly a bizarre mix of Jane Bennet and Marianne Dashwood (with a bit of Charlotte Palmer's coarse idiocy thrown in for good measure).

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Oct. 17th, 2006 09:03 pm
keladry_lupin: (Triste Amelie)
During the next seven weeks, I will list seven things that I'm grateful/glad/fangirly about, each time I'm annoyed/disappointed/discouraged.

1. Jane Austen
2. [livejournal.com profile] subvers
3. Mom
4. [livejournal.com profile] bambu345
5. Matthew Macfayden
6. Thomas Newman
7. chocolate

This is number two out of seven; I listed my first of seven posts in February and promptly forgot about it.
keladry_lupin: (Brandon Smiling)
Only this is another kind of Momism ... she did this one on purpose. I just forced her to watch the deleted scenes from Sense and Sensibility, and some moments where I really liked Emma Thompson and Lindsey Doran's commentary of the movie. We got to the point where Brandon is reading poetry to Marianne as she's recovering, and all of a sudden, I saw out of the corner of my eye that Mom has covered her face with her hands and is snorting, or something. I gave her a look that told her to tell me what was up, and she said, "I just want to suck on his face!"

Even after I picked myself up off the floor



and wiped the tears of laughter away, I couldn't decide if it was disturbing or not, that my mother and I both lust after the same actors. I suppose Lydia and Kitty Bennet felt the same way, when their mother admitted her fondness for men dressed in regimentals.

(I think I've been watching and reading too much Jane Austen. I usually wear business attire -- skirt suits or smart, plain dresses -- to church. Today I'm in an empire-waisted sleeveless dress, with a long-sleeved Oxford shirt underneath. I look like I should be ringing a school bell.)
keladry_lupin: (Laughter Lizzy)
... hot chocolate with whipped cream on top, a really decadent, fudge-covered brownie with chocolate shavings, and a great movie with a truly dishy man on the DVD. (Colin Firth is beautiful, and he was amazing as Darcy, but there's something about Matthew Macfayden in this role that just makes me drool and go weak at the knees.) It doesn't even matter that I'm at work -- and actually working.

(I know; you're thinking, It's August and she's drinking hot chocolate?! Yup. My desk is directly under an air conditioning vent, and it's always freezing.)

It makes up for the Slim-Fast shake I had for lunch.

Back to work!

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