Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice

In case you haven’t heard yet, my favorite book turned 200 today. Yes, the thoroughly delightful Miss Jane Austen first published her most famous work on January 28, 1813.

And two hundred years later, the book (and its various film adaptations) are still beloved by women (and men) the world round. After all, who can ever forget the chemistry sizzling between the awkward Colin Firth and the defiant Jennifer Ehle in the 1995 BBC adaptation or the awkward brooding of Matthew MacFayden in the the 2005 edition?

The story has encountered zombies. It’s been modernized and sent to India. It’s even found its way into a vlog format on YouTube.

So why is this story so popular? What makes this brooding, shy man so attractive to women of the 21st century?

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Is it that we just all love the thought of Colin Firth in a waistcoat and cravat? Is it because all women see themselves as Elizabeth Bennet and their best friend as Jane Benent? Or is it something in his air, his manner of speaking, his manner of treating his beloved Elizabeth that strikes us? Is it his strong morals and his devotion to those he loves that resonates with us?

Well, I can’t speak for all the Janeites, but I can speak for myself.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a strong, proud, reserved man. He is well-educated, both at an academic level and a personal level. (Have you heard about his library?) He holds firmly to his beliefs-although he does accept correction when it is needed. He defends what he believes in. He isn’t perfect as he himself will admit, and this admission is not false modesty but a sincere fact. He will do anything for those people he loves-his sister, Georgiana, Charles Bingley, Elizabeth Bennet etc. And this is endearing to me.

And then there is Elizabeth. She is a strong woman who knows her mind. She is intelligent. Like Darcy, she is protective of those she loves. She is stubborn but willing to be corrected when necessary. She is impetuous and not always the most discerning. But she is a very intelligent young lady.

The supporting cast is also realistic. While they are not as strongly and intricately drawn as the main characters, they are still realistic and relatable. We’ve all known some variation on Caroline Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam. Like it or not, we’ve all met a Wickham.

So why is Pride and Prejudice so popular after two hundred years? Because it’s realistic and relatable-at least that’s my take on it. (And because while these two are stinking adorable,

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These two are just as adorable…

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What do you think? Why do you think that a book about relationships (not just romantic relationships but friendships and family relationships) has endured for 200 years? Please let me know in the comments.

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The End of 2012…and the Beginning of 2013

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a “Finished Object” post. So, here is a rundown of all of my finished objects since December of 2012.

First up, we have Owlet, which I finished on December 31, 2012. It is now off in the ends of its intended recipient. Details are on my project page.

Owlet

Next is my Martinmas shawl for my mother. I don’t have modeled shots yet, but hopefully those will come soon. Again, more details hereIMG_1273 And then there are the Squall mittens I made for Jenn with more details here. And modeled shots to come after they are delivered. (I love this pattern and I have plans to make two more pairs  ASAP.)IMG_1300 Here is a (terrible) picture of the cabled version of my Abigail headband that I made to go with the Squall mittens. IMG_1301 And then there is the Vaila sweater I made. Here are some pictures I took of it. I love it dearly and have more pictures of it, but I decided not to bore you with them. Details on my modifications can be found on my project pageIMG_1303 IMG_1306 IMG_1307 IMG_1309 IMG_1310 IMG_1312 IMG_1313 IMG_1314 IMG_1316 IMG_1317 IMG_1319And then there’s another old one. There’s the Trillian I made for Jenny. It’s been delivered and appears to be liked.

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Randomly…on a Thursday

  1. If you’re wondering why there haven’t been any knitting updates for a while, well, I left my camera at someone else’s house, and I won’t be able to get it back until tomorrow. I’m still knitting. And I have a few FOs to show off. But my camera and I are temporarily separated. 
  2. I’m currently considering naming a daughter Georgiana and nicknaming her Gigi. 
  3. Christmas break is over. I’m back to work, but I’m loving my job. I love my coworkers. I love the kids. I love using Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston in my example sentences when I’m teaching grammar.
  4. I’ve decided that I’ll spend my January 21 day off casting on Royale. I bought the yarn ages ago, and now I must make this sweater. (I want it.)
  5. I need to start reading more. Any book recommendations?

13 Goals for 2013

For the third year in the row, I’m giving myself a list of goals for the year. As it is 2013, I’m giving myself a list of 13 goals. Two years ago, I had 11 Goals for 2011, and last year, I had 12 goals for 2012. This format seems to work well for me. I seem to be a “list person” and the blog seems to provide me with a sense of accountability. Last year, I went so far as to do a couple of check-in posts as my goals were achieved and evolved.

So now, here are my 13 for 2013.

  1. To knit each of the patterns I receive in the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club
  2. To read Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady
  3. To read Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
  4. To become a better cook
  5. To knit the Hunter Street Cowl, the Royale pullover, the Water Street Cardigan, and the Chatelaine cardigan
  6. To take a fun and exciting trip this summer
  7. To get some sewing done-probably over the summer
  8. To get my own place
  9. To do something truly memorable and delightful to celebrate my quarter-century in July
  10. To knit socks for myself
  11. To go somewhere I’ve never been before
  12. To develop a more regular exercise regime
  13. To do something that scares me.

So those are my goals. I think I have some other dreams and hopes up my sleeves, but those are other stories for other days.

But for now, Happy New Year!