Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jane Austen fan

I am a big Jane Austen fan. I own 3 versions of Pride and Prejudice (the movie, mini-series, and movie), 2 versions of Persuasion, 2 versions of Sense and Sensibility, and 2 versions of Emma. And other related books, movies, spoons, stitching, etc. I was kinda looking around and found a Jane Austen action figure. I must have this. But not for awhile.

I was watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice several years ago with my sister. Lizzie and Mr Darcy were strolling on the grounds of Pemberley. We both thought what lovely lives we would have had we lived back then. However, we probably would have been the chambermaids, not Lizzie strolling with Mr Darcy. Hate it when reality strikes.

Here is what says about the Jane Austen action figure:

This 5-inch tall Jane Austen action figure is made of hard vinyl and comes with a mini 'Pride & Prejudice' and a writing desk with a removable quill pen. Despite a rather sheltered life, Jane Austen was able to capture the subtleties of human interaction so perfectly that her novels continue to be immensely popular. Born: December 16, 1775 - Stevenson, England Occupation: Novelist Died: July 18, 1817 - Winchester, England Weapon of Choice: Character Study Accomplishments: Six major novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Emma, Mansfield Park and Persuasion. Interesting Fact: Over 40 sequels to Pride and Prejudice have been written by other authors. Jane Austen, an enduring and much-loved English author, wrote novels which reflected universal and timeless truths about humanity. She wrote about the times and people she knew without using popular plot devices such as kidnappings and class struggles used by other authors of the period. Her light irony and humor earned her a devoted and consistent following. To this day, readers appreciate the way she captured the tranquility of a more leisurely era, combining cleverness and morality with poignant depictions of English country living. She died and was buried in Winchester Cathedral in 1818 with the inscription: 'She opened her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness.'

I really like the inscription "She opened her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness." I'd like to be remembered like that.

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