[Book Review] Mansfield Park

mansfield_park_coverTitle: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Classics
Published: 1814
Source: Purchased


From Goodreads:

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

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[12 Days of Christmas] #7: Have Yourself a Merry Mr. Darcy

On the 7th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:

Pride_and_Prejudice_coverBOOK – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

One of my favorite books. The headstrong Elizabeth and the proud Mr. Darcy. But all’s well that ends well. I’ve always wondered how lovely Pemberley could be. Is it really that big? I’d probably get lost there.

Quick Quotes

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” – Elizabeth Bennet

 “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Mr. Darcy

SONG – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Michael Bublé

I like Michael Bublé. And this song. It kinda feels cozy. Quite nostalgic, don’t you think?

And we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled Pentatonix version of Christmas songs next post. 😉

[Book Review] Northanger Abbey


 Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Classics
Published: 1818
Source: Purchased


Here’s a synopsis from Penguin Classics:

During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who introduces Catherine to the joys of Gothic romances, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father’s house, Northanger Abbey. There, influenced by novels of horror and intrigue, Catherine comes to imagine terrible crimes committed by General Tilney, risking the loss of Henry’s affection, and must learn the difference between fiction and reality, false friends and true. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, Northanger Abbey is the most youthful and optimistic of Jane Austen’s works.

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[TV Review] Death Comes to Pemberley

death_comes_to_pemberley_dvdBased on: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Original network: BBC One
Series run: Dec 26 -28, 2013
Status: Ended (Three-part television series)

Synopsis: In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable. And preparations for their annual autumn ball are proceeding apace. But on the eve of the ball, chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister who, with her husband, has been barred from the estate, arrives in a hysterical state—shrieking that Wickham has been murdered.  Plunged into frightening mystery and a lurid murder trial, the lives of Pemberley’s owners and servants alike may never be the same. (from the publisher)

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[Thoughts in Haiku] Emma

Book Thoughts and Summary in Haiku on: Emma by Jane Austen

Emma, matchmaker
That’s what she attempts to be
Disaster ensues

Dear Mr. Knightley,
Kind and honest gentleman
Girl you love, lucky!

Words exchanged, harsh truth
Assumptions, misconceptions,
then epiphany

“Epiphany” is one of my favorite words… and I just had to insert it here somewhere. 😀

Also, adding in a new section…

Quick Quotable Quotes

  • “I do not know whether it ought to be so, but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”  – Emma
  • “There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.” – Emma
  • “Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.” – Mr. Knightley
  • “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.” – Emma
  • “Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.” – Mr. Knightley
  • “I cannot make speeches, Emma . . . If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me.” – Mr. Knightley
  • 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 . . .


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[Thoughts in Haiku] Pride and Prejudice

Feeling haiku-ish again. One of my favorite books was the casualty 😆  This resulted.

Book Summary and Thoughts in Haiku for: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Lizzy’s prejudiced
Darcy’s obnoxious and proud
Understanding, key


Best way to propose
Insult girl and family
Way to go, Darcy

Each other, chided
Realize faults, they both did
All’s well that ends well

I think I might do this haiku thing regularly. It’s kinda fun and challenging. 😉


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