Straitlaced Saturday — Mansfield Park

Saturday, February 23, 2019 

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It’s Straitlaced Saturday, my chuckaboos!  I’m here with another Victorian Novels feature.  This series complements the era of my steampunk serial, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers. 

Jane Austen has been mentioned in more than one of the serial chapters.  I just realized that one of her novels escaped my attention.  How could I have missed it, when it’s about a young girl named Fanny (even though my Pip’s granny is spelled Phanny — that was actually done so I could make her a “PIP” also)?

There were also audio books and films of the story in 1999 and 2007.  Well, after all, it is Jane Austen…

Actually, this should be the entire movie:

Some bill the story as a comedy while others say it shows the dark side of Jane Austen.  The concept doesn’t sound particularly comedic to me, but I suppose it could be a combination of both.  If you’ve read it, leave a comment to let everyone know the box in which you think it lands.

As I’ve mentioned I’m now right at the edge of my moving date, so I won’t be reading this yet.  However, we can still have a conversation about the Victorian Era and its novels, relationships, or Austen, or whatever you want.

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Mansfield Park cover

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Leave a comment to join of begin a conversation.  I might not be able to answer comments right away, but I love hearing from you.

Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers continues on Hidebound Hump Day.  My chuckaboos, I’ll be looking for you at the steampunk submarine port on Wednesday, although I might not be able to answer comments for awhile by then.


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71 thoughts on “Straitlaced Saturday — Mansfield Park

  1. Teagan, Thank you for publishing my poem in your Straightlaced Saturday post about the Chicago World’s Fair. The post came out great, and you included so many wonderful pictures. One thing: My name on the post is linked to the article in Wikipedia about the Columbian Exposition.. Was that intentional?

    Best wishes to you, dear friend,

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    1. Sorry, David. Trying to work too fast, I guess. I fixed the link. However, I just discovered the WordPress link to you in the email notices goes to an error page.
      If you can get your website linked to your gravatar image people will be able to go directly to your site.
      Back to work. Oh, who am I kidding. Back to freaking out. LOL. Hugs.


    1. Thank you kindly, Michael. Haha! No Internet is hard to imagine right now. And no cell phone either! As a writer, that created a mind shift for stories set in the past. I feel I have to explain why a character’s situation is dangerous, because the reader is so used to expecting them to simply call for help. 😀 Hugs!


  2. I am thinking of you during your move and I hope everything turns out just the way you like it. Good luck and let us know when you get there . There are a lot of people cheering for your success. Hugs on a wing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gerlinde! I need all those cheers.
      I’ve made progress, but delays too.
      Last Friday a charity/church/thrift shop picked up all my furniture and some other stuff. (My old boss had a relative there — saving me a large amount of money. Furniture “removal” is hugely expensive here and most of the usual big charities won’t do it.)
      Today I’m packing the last of the household stuff, which along with my piano, a regular mover will pick up Thursday.
      I planned to hit the highway this weekend, but bad weather and my bad back have slowed me down. I’m inclined to give myself a few more days — LOL even though my bottom is tired of sitting on the floor!
      Mega hugs right back. ❤

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    1. Hi Inese. After writing this post, I started having that nagging feeling that maybe I had read the book after all… but maybe it was the movie. LOL.
      I’m still working toward the relocation. I just said more about that in the reply above to Gerlinde. Thanks for visiting. Mega hugs right back!

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  3. Well, I can’t comment, because the only Austen novel I’ve read is Pride and Prejudice – and I seriously need to correct that. I have most of her books on my shelf just waiting. Hope the move goes smoothly for you, Teagan!

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes Teri. ❤
      I enjoy Austen. These days I have to be in a particular mood that fits that kind of story. You might like her more if you imagine all the wacky family members are space aliens. 😉 :mrgreen: 👽 🛸


  4. Hello dear Tegan. I find I like so many women authors, Virginia Woolf at the top of my list. It just so happens that lately I’ve been on an Austen jag and am looking for the best biography of her. Please if you or your friends know of a really good one let me know.

    How are you? You are such a dear person to me, to so many people, that to think of you makes me happy, but at the same time I worry about you. I hope the changes in your life are rounding out to be what you hoped- for-or better–and that you’re optimistic about the future and have plans that will come true and make you happy.

    I want to thank you too for your kind comment on my book that I came across–very nice of you to do that.

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    1. Dear David, it was my pleasure to leave a “review” of your book. I don’t do actual reviews, but I try to leave what I think of as helpful remarks. I’m glad you were pleased. ( )

      Personally, I don’t know the Austen biographies, other than the (probably) fictionalized “Becoming Jane.” I hope anyone reading comments who can help you will feel free to chime-in.

      While I’m not familiar with this blogger, she offers up several she likes:

      Thanks for your kind encouragement and well wishes. Getting to my new home will be the greatest challenge of all, with my agoraphobia being so bad, and some physical limitations. However, I know that I will be happy there — it’s just getting there.
      Hugs on the wing.

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        1. That’s wonderful of you, Rob. I’m trying to get to the bottom of an insurance snafu. The insurance on the new place got cancelled, apparently an error by the agent on the new policy. Just trying to get to the bottom of it, and not getting a response. All to the accompaniment of the bark-o-matic next door. Damn dog could at least bark on key. o_O

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  5. I have fed on Jane Austen novels all my school and college days. Love her simple style of writing. Pride and Prejudice was a part of our syllabus. However I didn’t read this book. Thanks for introducing Teagan.

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    1. I suppose I have to be in the right mood, Andrea. Her books aren’t really from the Victorian Era, but since I mentioned her in the serial I wanted to include one here. Thanks for the good wishes — I surely need them! I also need some common sense… I just carried something that was too heavy (up the stairs) and now my knee hurts as bad as my back. 🙄 (eye roll) Mega hugs.


  6. Moving is something I dread even in the best of circumstances, I feel for you. I haven’t read that Jane Austen book either and the name Pip is a fun one to me. Have a great weekend Teagan:)

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    1. I’m with you, Denise. Thanks for the good wishes — I surely need them! I also need some common sense… I just carried something that was too heavy (up the stairs) and now my knee hurts as bad as my back. 🙄 (eye roll)
      “Fun” is a perfect description of the name Pip. While I had not heard of Austen’s Pip, I made my own Pip (or PIP for Paisley Idelle Peabody) in my 1920s stories. She’s still one of my favorite characters. Happy weekend hugs.

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        1. That’s the best description, Denise. I had to do more than humanly possible so many times, because there just wasn’t anyone else. Finally, I did the impossible one time too many. Now I’m useless with my back. The knee trouble is new as of a year ago. The past ten years I’ve had a tremendous number of stairs, both inside (vertical space) and outside. I’m happy that the cottage has no stairs! Great big hug.

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    1. It’s lovely to see you, Judi. Austen is one of the few writers whose books I don’t mind seeing on film. You know — sometimes the film seems all wrong if you’ve read the book first. It makes it hard to separate the two.
      Thanks for the good wishes. I surely need them! Huge hugs.


        1. That’s a big change, but I remember you have family in Austin.
          I’m happy to have a travel buddy, even though we’re in different cars and different places. 🙂 I finally got confirmation from the movers on the pick up date. So I’ll be leaving my self either the 1st or the 2nd. More hugs.

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  7. I haven’t read Mansfield Park, but since you’ve brought it to our attention, I’d like to plan it for summer reading. Best of luck with your continued packing and moving, Teagan. The consignment shop (from your Facebook post) sounded like a wonderful match for your items. One of my friends deals a lot with consignment shops.

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    1. Hi Mary. I’m glad you felt the book was a good selection. I wanted to include Austen because she’s mentioned in my serial, but I wanted to go with a less famous one.
      Well, it’s not a consignment shop (just a thrift shop) — I won’t be selling anything or making money. But that church does provide a lot to low income families on the military base, and sell things they can afford.
      It was a difficult day, especially for Crystal. Now I see that in her attempt to escape somehow all the “eyelash” whiskers on one side are gone… Poor thing.
      Thanks for taking time to visit. Happy weekend hugs. ❤

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  8. I’ll just leave you with my thanks for putting so much effort into understanding the age in which you are writing. Your stories always have an authentic feel. Have a great weekend, Teagan. I hope you’re closing in on the last of the prep-work.

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    1. Wow, Dan. That is wonderful feedback. Thanks for saying that.
      Well, you know the old comedy bit of “That’s good — that’s bad”… That’s good: All my furniture and “junk” was taken away by my long ago boss’ connection to a church-charity group. Also good, it will be used, not in a landfill. Good, they were nice people and honestly wanted the stuff.
      🐈 That’s bad: It was very, very, very, very, very hard on Crystal, and what hurts her also hurts me.
      That’s bad: I still haven’t gotten a confirmation date from the mover (the one I wanted to use, but was way too expensive) whose offer of less than half price caused me to cancel the piano mover and UPS plans…
      That’s good: I only have a little packing left.
      That’s bad: I have a whole lot of cleaning and trash to gather and take down the stairs. 🙀
      And I have a wall (corner, top to bottom) to repair where they wouldn’t give up on getting the sofa out. o_O
      That’s good: I can handle that kind of work, because even though the would come right out to fix their mess, I don’t want an additional disturbance. And that’s good that nobody got hurt in that suborn determination to get the sofa.
      That’s bad: I have nothing to sit on… 🛋️
      That’s good: I have plenty of natural “padding” and plenty of boxes to use as my “computer desk.”
      🏚️ It is hard to look around this place and think there is progress, but there is.
      Have a sublime Sunday! Hugs.


    1. It’s great to see you Christoph. I appreciate you cheering me on — heaven knows I need it! o_O
      I didn’t realize there was a movie of the book. Imagine my surprise to find two.
      Have a sublime Sunday, my chuckaboo! Mega hugs right back.

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  9. I think I enjoyed all of the Jane Austen novels dear Teagan, and you always so cleverly name your characters within your own stories..
    Sending huge hugs your way, thinking of you and all you have to do in your move dear friend.. no need to answer… Just take care, stay safe and sending well wishes for a safe journey. ❤

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    1. Heartfelt thanks, dear Sue. I need all the good wishes I can get. Crystal had a hellish day (and me too, due to worrying about her), but my boss of long ago had connections to a charitable group who took all my furniture and “junk” away for free. (In this area it’s hugely expensive to get that done, especially when you mean an entire house worth of furniture.) At least my belongings are going to be used by worthy people, rather than go to a landfill. But poor Crystal… She’s finally doing better this morning, although it took 24 hours.
      I really appreciate all your encouragement, wonderful thoughts, and beautiful energy. Hugs on the wing.

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  10. Thanks, Teagan. Good luck with the move. I’ve read the original years back (it is not my favourite, as far as I remember), but I’ve read new versions of it, and I’ve gained a new appreciation for the story. I should read it again at some point.

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    1. From the outside (present) looking in (past), it does seem like a better time, doesn’t it. Who knows what we would think if we were there, but it’s nice to imagine. 🙂 No matter which era, you’re always the cat’s pajamas! 😸

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