Monday, September 12, 2016

You Should Really Read This Exciting Post.

...wow.  I am REALLY rusty when it comes to writing post titles.  Not that that was ever my forte...

Um.  Hello, lovely peoples.  Miss Marianne here.

I know it has been AGES  since you've seen a new post on this blog, and I apologize most sincerely.  When we started this blog, Miss Dashwood and I were young and innocent :P and didn't have jobs.  She was still in high school, and I'd graduated and wasn't doing any college yet.  So at the time this was a reasonable undertaking.

Now, however... well, we just don't have the time to keep up with it, especially since we have our own individual blogs.  But that doesn't mean we want it to fall into the void of old blogs that are never updated!

That is why we are asking for your help.  And are having a giveaway.

This is the prize for the giveaway:


I somehow ended up acquiring two copies of this book and it's lovely fun and you will adore it.  For a possibility of winning my extra copy, just do these very simple things...

1. FOLLOW THE BLOG and BECOME A MEMBER
Sorry, you don't get any entries for these.  They're just requirements for the others.

2. WRITE A GUEST POST FOR US
This is the main reason for the giveaway.  We need content!!!  The post can be about pretty much anything you want, as long as it is P&P-related (P&P95-related is ideal).  Even something simply Jane Austen-related might be acceptable.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Here are some details:

  • 1 entry: 10-250 words / minimum of one picture (this could be an observation, a quote, etc.)
  • 2 entries: 250-750 words / minimum of three pictures
  • 3 entries: 750-1,500 words / minimum of five pictures
  • 4 entries: 1,500+ words / minimum of five pictures
You may submit as many as you choose.  If you want an intro/bio/link to your blog, please include this in the post yourself. Submit the post by emailing it to shelvesinthecloset95 at Gmail dot com.  Copy and paste the following into the email to fill out when submitting. 

POST TITLE:
FONT STYLE: [Default, Arial, Georgia, etc.]
ANY SPECIAL FORMATTING NOTES:
CONTENT: [paste here] 
Please attach all images to the email manually.  DO NOT copy and paste images.  Simply indicate where you want the photos placed in this format (example): 
"{PHOTO 3, netherfieldpark.jpg}"
Please DO include the file name so they don't get mixed up if they reorder when you send the email, which sometimes happens. 

3. POST ABOUT OUR RESOURCES
My special request is that you inform other P&P95 fans of the resources on this blog.  The website is designed to be a go-to to find P&P information, not simply a "blog," and I'm not sure how many people know about all the interesting information that is available.

This is worth two entries. Comment below and paste a link to your post.  (It can be a blog or any social media.)

YOUR DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 26TH.  Ready, set, go!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Seven Unimportant P&P95 observations – A guest post by Naomi


First of all, thank you to the P&P95club (more specifically, the two charming hostesses) for giving me the honour of a guest post. (For those of you who’ve never met me… enchanted to make your acquaintance. My name is Naomi, and I grabbed Elizabeth’s last name for the internet, so you can call me Naomi Bennet if you feel like something formal.) I have been reading this blog for years and years now – and if you would have told a 12-year-old me who hardly dared consider anonymous commenting that I would one day be featured on here, I would have practically died in awe and longing. So thank you. :-)
Having, like many of you, watched and re-watched our Pride and Prejudice, I have come to the point in which I’ve observed much more about it than just the basic things… being the plot, Elizabeth, Mr Darcy, and the galloping theme song. I’ve come to a point in which I over-think about everything in it (Is the bonnet Lydia bought really that ugly?) and I observe all the little things, from, ‘Hey, Maria Lucas is wearing her red shoes again’ to ‘The guy Mr Darcy is fencing with looks like Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel.’
Us devoted fans are very concerned about these little extra things, in fact. Here are a few of my “not important but yet important P&P95 observations.”


  1. The sewing hand.
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/1/images/cap0001.jpg
I’d like to talk about ‘the sewing hand.’ Whose hand do you think it is? In my earlier P&P95 years, I assumed it was Mrs Bennet’s – seeing as the hand looks ‘old,’ and it’s likely to be someone of the Bennet household. But then Mrs Bennet does not equals tranquil-sewing. So then I liked to think it’s perhaps Hill, the never-present housemaid. But then Hill wouldn’t likely be doing embroidery work.
Of course, in practicality, I know it was a random behind-the-scenes-person; someone of the crew of P&P95, but it should represent a character and I know not who. (Maybe Aunt Gardiner? She seems a likely suspect.)
Tell me what you’ve always thought about the mysterious hand; I’d like to know.


  1. The sleeping man with the puppy.
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/1/images/cap0618.jpg
I hate to criticize my favourite movie of All Time, but seriously – is it even humanly possible to fall asleep 1) in a noisy ball room while 2) sitting up straight 3) without any cushions or anything 4) with a wide-awake pupping in your hands and 5) with two girls at your left?
You decide sir, you decide.


  1. It’s the same dog.
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/1/images/cap1196.jpg
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/1/images/cap1287.jpg
I’m not even close to being a dog lover, but I have observed that Lizzy’s playmate came to bid her goodbye while Mr Bingley bade Jane goodbye. He’s in two scenes, the dog is. (I make terribly random observations, especially in the P&P95 area.) I’m naming the dog Caroline the second… because of reasons. (Well, firstly I do not enjoy the company of dogs, and neither do I enjoy the company of the dogs’ name-mate. And secondly, both are unpleasant to the eyes.)


  1. Mary tidies up her hair when Mr Collins arrives.
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/2/images/cap0110.jpg
Me and my family frequently mourn over the face that Jane Austen didn’t make Mary Bennet end up with Mr Collins, for it is perfectly clear (to us observers, that is) that Mary in the movie has sooome kind of a crush on our dear cousin Mr Collins. The letter that her father read aloud at the dinner table obviously impressed her, and she even goes as far as to neaten her hair upon his arrival.
(This is quite a spectacle, for Mary Bennet is not often seen doing her hair.)


  1. What’s so funny about this game?
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/2/images/cap0182.jpg
I always ask the same question whenever I see our dear foolish sisters Kitty and Lydia play the hoops-and-stick-game. WHAT’S THE JOKE. :-P


  1. Back to Mary and Mr Collins…
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/2/images/cap0508.jpg
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s observed that Mary’s who face lights up in an ‘oh-is-he-going-to-ask-me-to-dance-with-him?????’-light, when Mr Collins says he’d light to dance the first dance with… oh, oh, it’s Elizabeth.
I actually feel pretty sorry for Mary right there. Her facial expressions are pretty real. (You should observe them carefully the next time you see this movie. Like, maybe tomorrow.)


  1. Mrs Bennet’s unamused face after the Lizzy-Darcy dance.
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/2/images/cap0999.jpg
The picture speaks for its own, I suppose. I always enjoy Mrs Bennet’s ‘Lizzy-you-actually-danced-with-that-odious-man-Mr-Darcy-as-he-calls-himsef’-face.


I have many more little-inside-my-brain observations and questions – including the fact that Lady Catherine de Bough looks a bit like the child-catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sometimes and that Lydia Bennet points at people too much – but I hope you enjoyed my silly P&P95 ramblings anyway.
(If you’d like more of silly ramblings such as these, do please pop over to my blog, Wonderland Creek! http://naomiblog15.blogspot.be/)
http://www.cap-that.com/austen/prideandprejudice/1995/6/images/cap0275.jpg

(Lydia Bennet has her faults, but no-one can wave like her.)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Chipmunked Proposal Video



For your amusement... :D

What Were They On? {2} {Answers}

The long, long delayed answers to that What Were They On? game we hosted... um... eons ago...
(that was Miss Dashwood's fault, by the way, because she was responsible for it. So don't blame Miss Marianne.  Haha.)

One

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - Poirot: After the Funeral
2. Character - Timothy Abernethie
3. Actor - Benjamin Whitrow
4. Actor's character in P&P - Mr. Bennet

Two

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - Bleak House
2. Character - Mrs. Bayham Badger
3. Actor - Joanna David
4. Actor's character in P&P - Mrs. Gardiner

Three

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - The Importance of Being Earnest
2. Character - Jack Worthing
3. Actor - Colin Firth
4. Actor's character in P&P - Mr. Darcy

Four

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - The King's Speech
2. Character - Myrtle Logue
3. Actor - Jennifer Ehle
4. Actor's character in P&P  - Duh.  (Elizabeth Bennet, haha)

Five
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - The Hollow Crown (Henry IV, Part II)
2. Character - Shallow
3. Actor - David Bamber
4. Actor's character in P&P - Mr. Collins

Six

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - Lorna Doone (2000)
2. Character - Tom Faggus
3. Actor - Anthony Calf
4. Actor's character in P&P - Colonel Fitzwilliam

Seven

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - Persuasion (1995)
2. Character - Henrietta Musgrove
3. Actor - Victoria Hamilton
4. Actor's character in P&P - Mrs. Forster

Eight

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - Austenland
2. Character - Mr. Wattlesbrook
3. Actor - Rupert Vansittart
4. Actor's character in P&P - Mr. Hurst

Nine


1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - Wuthering Heights
2. Character - Edgar Linton
3. Actor - Crispin Bonham-Carter
4. Actor's character in P&P - Mr. Bingley

Ten

1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series - Henry VIII (2003)
2. Character - Jane Seymour
3. Actor - Emilia Fox
4. Actor's character in P&P - Georgiana Darcy

The maximum number of points was 40, and our winner is...

Miss Laurie, who accrued 30 points! And a big thank-you to everyone else who participated as well.

Naomi- 26 points
Joan- 16 points
Molly- 12 points

Monday, April 13, 2015

Game the Forty-Fifth: What Were They On? {2}

Well, it really has been an age since we've posted a game on here, hasn't it?  But it's definitely time for a new one, so we bring you the Second Edition of "What Were They On?"  (First edition can be found here.)

First of all, no peeking at the actors page. Because the object of this game is to recognize the actors of P&P in other period dramas, so that might give things away. Well, all of the pictures will be of some actor who was in P&P, but none of them will be from P&P. Each one will have four categories, there are ten pictures, so the highest number of points will be 40. (I'll just put the categories under each picture to make it easier. :) )

One

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Two

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Three

 See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Four

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Five

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Six 

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Seven

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Eight
(The gentleman on the left is the one in question)
See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Nine

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Ten

See if you can name the:
1. Movie/Miniseries/TV Series
2. Character
3. Actor
4. Actor's character in P&P


Comments will be left open until next Monday, have fun!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodnight, Mr. Darcy: A Book Review

(Amazon)

"And there were three officers sitting on chairs
And Lydia and Kitty
Who were sure they looked pretty
And Mr. Darcy surprised by a pair of fine eyes..."
~Goodnight Mr. Darcy

Well, would you look at this-- the P&P95Forever Club is giving their first official review and endorsement!  (Okay, I don't know if this really counts as an endorsement... but we can call it that if we want to, right?  It makes us sound more professional and important.)

Today we'd like to bring you a review of the delightful new children's book Goodnight Mr. Darcy.  You've probably heard of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, which is winsome and adorable and snuggly in its own right, but-- dare I say it?-- Goodnight Mr. Darcy is better.

Because Pride and Prejudice, that's why.

Goodnight Mr. Darcy is one of the BabyLit parodies from Gibbs Smith, and basically it takes a children's classic (Goodnight Moon), mashes it with an adult classic (P&P) and produces a sweet piece of fiction that every Janeite parent should get for their child.  Gibbs Smith contacted us a while ago asking if we'd be willing to review the book, and since they're super nice, they sent us a free copy.  We say "us," but the book went to Miss Dashwood, who will be keeping it until one of us gets married and has a baby (hopefully in the far distant future, haha), at which time the book will go to the child, whom we hope will duly appreciate it and be trained up in the way in which he or she should go.

Introducing small children to classics is a great and wonderful thing, and what better way to do it than through a sweet, colorful picture book that will soothe them to sleep AND help them get to know some of the greatest characters who have ever graced the pages of English literature?

The story, wittily written by Kate Coombs and accompanied by charming illustratons from Alli Arnold, chronicles an evening at the Netherfield ball, hinting at the romance between Jane and Mr. Bingley (and the forthcoming mush between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy), complete with slightly snarky references to Mrs. Bennet and her three very silly younger daughters.  We highly recommend it to Janeites both young and old (and most especially for infants, who can never begin learning too young).