Monday, November 5, 2012

Four good but pointless reasons why Jane Austin days were the time to live

      I love Jane Austin.  For many many reasons.  There are times when I can't help myself and I lock myself in the bathroom and talk to myself in a British accent.  Once when I had an ugly cold and I spent all day on the couch for a week I had a Jane Austin marathon.  I watched the first and second part of Pride and Prejudice and then ate something and than watched the other pride and Prejudice and than ate something and than watched Sense and Sensibility.  Good times.  I have tried and tried to read Pride and Prejudice and I have liked it a lot but just taken to long.  I have gotten as far as fifty pages and have really enjoyed it.  I started again today.  Now mom counts it for school,  I read maybe two chapters and write down a word that I don't know the meaning of and look it up in the dictionary and write my own sentence with that word, I love it!

1.  We have maids.  Oh maids!  Maids who clean my room and sweep the floor and make our beds and most of all do the dishes!  Why do you have to be rich to hire a maid?  Why can't everyone have maids like back then?  Oh man, I want a maid like crazy.

2.  No school.  None.  No math, no history, no science, Nothing.  Lucky ducks.  My only question is what do they do all day? Well they needle point pillows and paint tables and play the piano.  Oh and they draw.  Talk about heaven.  I mean seriously those were the days to live.  No school, no chores.  It was Saturday everyday for them,  half of my day is school.  Well . . . not really half but almost.  I just have to say it one more time.  No school.  No chores.  Heaven. 

3.  Their dresses.  Okay, I like love fancy ball gown flowy dresses.  What girl doesn't?  To wear one of there dresses for a whole day would be a dream come true.  I just love the style and I would just love to wear it.  I would feel so pretty and natural in those dresses.  The only problem about the dresses is that if I ever wore them I would not stop twirling and dancing.  I just love those dresses so much and I don't know why.  You know what I found out?  Well aparently all the Jane Austin movies share dresses.  Mary Ann wore a dress Lizzy wore in the movie.  And Jane wore a dress that someone else wore( I don't remember who) and so on. Have you ever noticed that?  So I started paying closer attention to there dresses when we watched the movies but I really could tell.  Clever people.  Saving money.

4.  Balls.  I want to go to a ball.  Proms and dances are just not the same.  You have a real live orchestra right in front of you. I would spend a half hour just staring at all the instruments.  Then I would spend the rest of the time dancing . . . oh I would dance all night!  All those fun jumpy songs they play . . . they all look like there having the time of there life, and there always laughing and smiling.  All those twist and turns, and jumps and twirls looks SO fun!!!!   Of course there are other pretty dances like the one that Lizzy and Mr. Darcy dance to that is slow and sort of depressing, but in ballet we listen to the same piece of music!  There the same except the one in ballet has lots of violins playing instead of just one, and the one in ballet is faster and better!  Every time my teacher plays this piece I bob my head and hum while doing the exorcize.

        My dream is to be in a Jane Austin play.  Most likely that will not happen.  A girl can dream.   


  1. I agree! It'd be awesome to live in that time! But, what they don't show in the movies is that there is not indoor plumbing I don't have to go outside to go to the bathroom! YECK! But yeah everything sounds wonderful. haha. Also though, back in those days women had barely ANY rights. They had to go along with whatever the men said and they had no way of making a living for themselves. They couldn't vote, and were thought of as rebellious if they stated their own opinions. You know? Pro's and cons. But really, I love those dresses and the thought of maids and lounging around all day! Love you!!!

  2. First of all, they didn't have SCHOOL, but they learned at home, like you. Trust me, they learned french and arithmetic and all kinds of things. The dresses- yeah, but they also had CORSETS. Not worth the pain. They didn't have flushing toilets, if they had them at all. People didn't have deoderant. Can you imagine the smell in that sweaty ball room? Ha ha, Dan wrote some of the same stuff. Trust me, you're living in the best time yet. Love you! Yes, though, I wish there were balls. I would go to everyone.

  3. haha. Ok- all what you said is true- BUT oh deary- think of all the awful things from that time. No mixers. They had to make everything by hand. AND THOSE DRESSES- with a needle and thread! Talk about taking ALL DAY LONG! AND- they still learned- they just homeschooled. AND- if you didn't have a tutor to teach you- then the ones with tutors looked down on you, like you "weren't good enough". AND- if you didn't get married by the time you were 16-18 you were considered a lost cause! And medically- yowsa! BUT- I would LOVE to have a maid- to clean and cook, and the dresses are to die for. And the balls look amazing. And even though they had to learn at home, like you- it doesn't take all day- so they had the rest of hte day to just do whatever they wanted. Pretty ideal! Pros and cons to every time period I guess. haha but one thing I've thought about- is no deodrant- so everyone would STINK of B.O. and then breath would be NASTY. I'm sure they had some kind of brush for their teeth, but they didn't have toothpaste, they prob just used water, and prob didn't brush everyday. yowsa! talk about killing a romantic moment! ha! love you.

  4. Well, were those 3 party poopers or what!!?? Even though what they said was true. I think we all dream of the pros of that time period. The maid part was a part of England for a long time, maybe they still do have maids. But average people had maids for quite a long time. I love those movies too. The scary part to me would be how hard it was to get married. You would have had to wait until Aliese got married before you would be eligible. I think those books are easier to watch than read. I know she was a writer, but I found them hard to read. I didn't finish Pride and Prejudice.I should try again. I love and miss you!!