Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Tell if You Are in a Jane Austen Novel, by The Toast

Have you been reading The Toast?  If not, you really must.  It's my favorite blog these days.  It's a deadly combination of hilarious and brilliant.  It's hard to explain, but basically, it's a (very) humorous blog about literature, "high culture," and feminism.  Just trust me.  Ever wondered if you are in a Jane Austen novel?  Here are some clues from The Toast, and you can see the rest here.

A woman who hates you is playing the pianoforte.
A picnic has gone horribly wrong.
You once took a walk with a cad.
You say something arch yet generous about another woman both younger and richer than you.
You develop a resentment at a public dance.
Someone you know has fallen ill. Not melodramatically ill, just interestingly so.
A charming man attempts to flirt with you. This is terrible.
You are in a garden, and you are astonished.
(Image, from Austenland)

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