Plain Jane

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I certainly must,’ said she. ‘This sensation of listlessness, weariness, stupidity, this disinclination to sit down and employ myself, this feeling of everything’s being dull and insipid about the house! I must be in love; I should be the oddest creature in the world if I were not.

-Jane Austen in Emma 

Plain Jane

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I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my life, & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No – I must keep my own style & go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other

-Jane Austen in her letters

I was recently reading a biography of Jane, where the biographer mentioned that Jane was only fully herself when writing letters. To say that such-and-such character is her mouthpiece, or that another illustrates her moral philosophy is to reduce her ability to create characters apart from her own viewpoint–which she most assuredly did. Through the rich history, exchanged stories, and personal observations of her family, Jane was able , in her own way, to create characters wholly unique from her own ideas, though she led a quiet, home life.

April Showers: overcoming dreary days

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and professor, and, despite having a rather tumultuous personal life where he endured many of his own dreary days (his first wife died after childbirth and his second from severe burns in an accident), he was able to overcome them through a lifelong study of what he loved most: writing. Probably most famous for his epic poem Evangeline, Longfellow was a prolific poet, penning many of our most famous poems and giving us many words of wisdom for when we’re faced with our own showers–whether they be in April or not:

The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Plain Jane

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It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.

-Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice

I think “never changing one’s opinion” is a fault that usually avoids the female sex thank goodness. I have never known a woman to be so certain in one judgment that she doesn’t change it 1000 times almost immediately after making it.

Plain Jane

jane austen image via mollands.netPlain Jane:

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for

-Jane Austen in her letters

Isn’t that so horribly true? I would even go so far as to say that we care even more. Your dearest friends usually give you the benefit of the doubt but to learn a mere acquaintance doesn’t worship your every move and suddenly you get very offended, yes? “They don’t even know me, how could they?” But wouldn’t it be just a little bit simpler if all you cared about is not making your dearest friends give you the benefit of the doubt and letting the rest of the world believe as they wish? And wouldn’t you have so much more time to do what YOU really wanted instead of keeping smooth the opinions of the masses? No one got anywhere by pleasing everyone. Sometimes, being a diplomat isn’t as much fun as being an individual.

Plain Jane

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Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never.

-Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice

So, so vain but also so very funny…I feel as if sometimes a good dose of vain confidence is necessary for mental health. Or perhaps call it by another name: pride…as long as it finds temperance at some point. Indeed, if Darcy hadn’t been prideful, we wouldn’t have our Pride and Prejudice now would we?

Something about Six


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It’s officially the 6th month-aversary of VMMV. I don’t quite know how that happened. I remember before launching the blog spending an embarrassingly long time just trying to figure out a title I wanted to give this little piece of internet-space and now 6 months later here we are. I have to say it’s been a more frustrating 6 months than I anticipated. There are many things I wish I could do with this space that I simply cannot do because of my lack of knowledge about necessary, blog-techy things that are too boring to write about. But, let’s just say, if I had the cash to drop on a brilliant, 19 year-old CSS-coder I wouldn’t think about it for more than 2 seconds, I would so drop that cash in an instant.

As it is, I don’t have that luxury and at the moment I’m going to patiently let this place evolve instead of pushing the limits of my anti-savy-ness before I’m ready because I’ve read enough articles to foresee a huge blog-crash-and-burn if I were to take that leap of faith. In cases such as these, I think it might be safer to lack a little faith.

In the meantime, it’s always kind of surprising the posts you all enjoy. I have to say I’m rather crestfallen sometimes when a particular, personal fave isn’t very popular. *sigh* its the ever-present writer-ego that is constantly battered and bruised. So to console myself, I’m posting the top six posts with the highest readership, and my own top picks…just because. As always, THANK-YOU for reading, commenting, and re-posting!

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