Sense and Sensibility: Episode 2, Chapters 6-11

In this episode, we read Chapters 6 to 11 of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about how Barton Cottage and its location are described in some detail, consider how the bedrooms are shared out, the closeness between the two sisters in spite of their differences, the theme of sense vs sensibility, and the way Willoughby … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 2, Chapters 6-11

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 42-46

In this episode, we talk about the way Darcy is reintroduced into the narrative, Jane Austen’s thoughts on architecture and landscaping, the possible connection between Pemberley and Chatsworth and how Georgiana Darcy is presented in a very different manner from Anne de Burgh. We discuss Elizabeth Bennet, perhaps Jane Austen’s most popular heroine. Ellen talks … Read more Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 42-46

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 35-41

In this episode, we talk about Darcy’s letter and Elizabeth’s reaction to it, consider what Wickham might have done in his youth, revisit the Collins marriage, discuss Mr Bennet’s abrogation of parental responsibility and look at how Elizabeth is now seeing her family through new eyes. We then look at the character of Lydia. For … Read more Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 35-41

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 19-26

In this episode, we talk about the two marriage proposals by Mr Collins, the precise timetabling of the events, and the matter of obedience to one’s parents. We discuss Charlotte Lucas in some detail, and then Ellen talks about the ‘marriage market’. Harriet looks at where the two mini-series versions of Pride and Prejudice have … Read more Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 19-26

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 13-18

In this episode, we talk about the arrivals of Mr Collins and Mr Wickham, and the Netherfield Ball: we consider how Mr Bennet didn’t give the family any warning about Mr Collins’s arrival, the number of letters in the book, the amount of foreshadowing we’ve seen, how Wickham was able to fool Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s … Read more Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 13-18

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 7-12

In this episode, we talk about Jane and Elizabeth’s visit to Netherfield: we consider why Jane was invited, Darcy’s feelings about Elizabeth, the types of conversations everyone has and what Darcy reads. We discuss Mr Bingley in some detail, including how he and Darcy might have met, and then Ellen talks about accomplishments. Harriet looks … Read more Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 7-12