Hello, Austenites! Today’s guest post for our Austen in August event comes from author C. Marie Mosley! Please give her a warm welcome. Also, as we are just over the half-way mark – I’ve got a special treat for you all, following the guest post.
When I heard that Adam was hosting an event for August highlighting Jane Austen, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. As many of my followers have probably already gathered, I am a huge JA fan. An avid reader myself, the first of many books that I tend to recommend to all of whom inquire will always be a piece written by the lovely Jane Austen.
Though I do love and enjoy reading, and re-reading, all of her works, Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favorite. I connected with this story a long time ago. There are so many pieces to this ingenious piece of art that speak to me on many different levels. I found myself to have once been very much like Miss Elizabeth Bennett– her commentary and wit seems to have almost been taken directly from my own. “I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.” But of course, we all have our “A-ha” moments …“Till this moment I never knew myself.”
I have also found a resemblance in the way Lizzie and her father are in relation to each other. I found several ‘tid-bits’ within the story that reminded of my own father. “From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.” My father, very much the same as Mr. Bennett, was always protective, concerned with what was in my best interest, as well as in tune with my hopes for my own future. Growing up, siding with me and my opinionated revels was a regular event – it has always been said that I could argue with a fence post … and win.
But the story doesn’t just resonate with me for reasons of my likeness with Lizzie, or even her relationship with her father. My fondness of this story goes way beyond those. I do, in fact, have a Mr. Darcy of my very own. And for the continuance of my very own parallel story, I did, indeed, marry him.
Switching back, now, I love how Darcy calls Lizzie out for things that she may say or do. “…you find great enjoyment in occasionally professing opinions which in fact are not your own.” But what looks, on the outside, like pride and presumptuous prejudice … holding a proud head … I believe, is actually his way of loving her. And vice versa.
Holding your head up high with great pride is a wondrous virtue … but laying down your pride for the one you love is even more so.
I would like to extend a warm thanks to the late lovely Jane Austen for continuing to enlighten me with her words every time I pick up one of her works for the twentieth (or so) time. JA’s wit and charm will never get old.
Thank you, Ms. Mosley for stopping by and sharing your love for Jane Austen and for Pride and Prejudice! P&P is one of my personal favorites, too.
Givewaway: Folks, our event has been such a huge success! We are just over half-way through the month and already have nearly 70 linked-up posts (posts about Jane, reviews of her books, thoughts on film adaptations, and more!).
I’m very excited about how very excited you all have been! As a “thank you / good job / w00t!” – I will be giving away, to one randomly selected winner, any “in-Austen’s-League” book of their choice from The Book Depository.
1. Open to Austen in August Participants Only.
2. Prove your Active participation in the event (see form for details).
3. Live anywhere the Book Depository ships.
4. Select a book ($20USD or less) in “Austen’s league” (must be of literary merit).
5. Fill out
This Form. Giveaway Closed. Winner selected.
Giveaway ends at 11:59pm CST on Thursday, August 23rd. Good Luck!