N takes M

In the passage from Emma in which Emma Woodhouse promises to call Mr. Knightley by his first name “in the building in which N. takes M.” for her wedded husband “for better, for worse”, Jane Austen is directly quoting from the “Form of … Continue reading

Northanger Canon

The Northanger Canon is the list of “horrid books” which Catherine Morland and Isabella Thorpe plan to read. Check out the list and book synopses. They are indeed “horrid”. These include: The Mysteries of Udolpho. By Ann Ward Radcliffe The Castle … Continue reading

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Quiz

Maybe the first thing to remember is which characters use this word–in the entire Austen canon, it is used by Isabella Thorpe, John Thorpe, and Tom Bertram. These are characters who believe themselves to be at the height of “cooldom”–and … Continue reading

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