The Other Austen

Guaranteed to Bring Out the Bitch In You

  • 23rd July
    2014
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I detest the masculine point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue, and honour. I think the best these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore.

Virginia Woolf  (via listopada)

#i cannot even tell you how much i need a time travelling rom com where virginia woolf and jane austen fall in love (via redscrunchieofpower)

Oh my god, Ronnie. Ronnie. You can’t just drop something like this in your tags and then walk away. I NEED SO MUCH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS. Do they initially dislike each other? Is it because Jane distrusts Virginia because she claims to be from the future and obviously that’s crazy? BUT SHE FINDS HERSELF DRAWN TO THIS STRANGE WOMAN ANYWAY? What is the end of second act misunderstanding that temporarily drives them apart, even though things were starting to go so well? Does Cassandra fill the role of sassy best friend who gives Jane advice and then quietly falls in love with someone Virginia knows in the background? DOES ANYONE GAZE SOULFULLY OUT A WINDOW WHILE IT’S RAINING? I need some answers here Ronnie.

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Here’s what’s up: Jane pops out of a lake in 1935 Sussex and walks across water (Christ allegory SO intended), runs into Virginia, demands shelter and a scone, then they shack up, have an adorable Odd-Couple-style living arrangement (Jane is Felix and Virginia is Oscar), bicker all the time, even though we all know Virginia is nuts about Jane. Eventually, they fall in love for realsies when they talk about their respective experiments in novelistic female subjectivity til like 4 in the morning. 

But disaster strikes when Vita Sackville West and Djuna Barnes enter the scene, styled like the deliciously nefarious Crawford siblings from Mansfield, or, like, those 2 evil people from Pokemon that I think are called Team Rocket. I’m fully licensing this to turn into a musical halfway through and for Djuna and Vita to do some extended song about “PREPARE FOR TROUBLE - AND MAKE IT DOUBLE” and then the beat drops and Calvin Harris is somehow around for 5 minutes. 

Anyway, evil Vita tries to seduce Jane for the fame the coupling will bring her while Djuna sets to work on beautiful Virginia. Eventually, through the death of a beloved cat, they all put aside their differences and live as a marvellous lady writer lez commune until poor Leonard comes home and is like EXCUSE ME I WAS GONE FOR 2 HOURS.  

And then all four ladies look straight into the camera and say “It’s a long story!” and wink. 

THE END. 

(also they have a pizza)

(Source: fagcity, via redscrunchieofpower)

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carmen001:

On this day in 1817, died the English writer Jane Austen, who wrote works like “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility.

"I have lost a treasure, such a sister, such a friend as never can have been surpassed. She was the sun of my life, the gilder of every pleasure, the soother of every sorrow; I had not a thought concealed from her, and it is as if I had lost a part of myself"-her sister, Cassandra Austen.

Early in 1816, Jane Austen began to feel unwell. She ignored her illness at first and continued to work and to participate in the usual round of family activities. By the middle of that year, her decline was unmistakable to Austen and to her family, and Austen’s physical condition began a long, slow, and irregular deterioration culminating in her death the following year.

Austen continued to work in spite of her illness.  Austen made light of her condition to others, describing it as “Bile” and rheumatism, but as her disease progressed she experienced increasing difficulty walking or finding the energy for other activities.
By mid-April, Austen was confined to her bed. In May, Cassandra and Henry escorted Jane to Winchester for medical treatment. Austen died in Winchester on 18 July 1817, at the age of 41. Henry, through his clerical connections, arranged for his sister to be buried in the north aisle of the nave of Winchester Cathedral.

“The more I read the more I admire and respect and do reverence… When she looks straight at a man or a woman, she is greater than those who were alive with her - by a whole head… with a more delicate hand and a keener scalpel…”-Rudyard Kipling, who was a great admirer of Jane.

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beatonna:

"Henry the 5th
This Prince after he succeeded to the throne grew quite reformed and amiable, forsaking all his dissipated Companions, & never thrashing Sir William again. During his reign, Lord Cobham was burnt alive, but I forget what for. His Majesty then turned his thoughts to France, where he went & fought the famous Battle of Agincourt. He afterwards married the King’s daughter Catherine, a very agreeable Woman by Shakespear’s account. Inspite of all this however, he died, and was succeeded by his son Henry.”
15 year old Jane writes English History.  A reader sent me this one, it’s really great.  Click through the image.

beatonna:

"Henry the 5th

This Prince after he succeeded to the throne grew quite reformed and amiable, forsaking all his dissipated Companions, & never thrashing Sir William again. During his reign, Lord Cobham was burnt alive, but I forget what for. His Majesty then turned his thoughts to France, where he went & fought the famous Battle of Agincourt. He afterwards married the King’s daughter Catherine, a very agreeable Woman by Shakespear’s account. Inspite of all this however, he died, and was succeeded by his son Henry.”

15 year old Jane writes English History.  A reader sent me this one, it’s really great.  Click through the image.

(via redscrunchieofpower)

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