Friday, July 14, 2017

The Gardiners: Too Soon Forgotten? {A Guest Post by Rae}

There are things we all love about Pride and Prejudice--Mr. Darcy, of course, and we all love Lizzy as well. We often talk about them, the rest of the Bennets, Mr. Collins, and the Bingleys. We talk about the Gardiners, too, but not as often, it seems to me. 

Have we all forgotten how important the Gardiners are? When we read Pride and Prejudice, do we skim over the ending couple of pages, squealing instead over Darcy and Elizabeth? (Of course, this is not to say that I haven't done this two out of the three--maybe four--times that I've read it, and it's completely understandable. After all, Darcy and Lizzy!) Do we really take the time to read the last paragraph? 

Here's the thing: the Gardiners are quite possibly the most important characters in the book. Jane Austen said so! Let me quote the last paragraph of the book, in case you cannot recall:

"With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them."

See what I mean? The Gardiners "had been the means of uniting them"! To be sure, Darcy and Elizabeth saw each other at Netherfield and Longbourn and Rosings, but if you take only their interactions in those places, then it is very doubtful that their acquaintance would have improved, or that "Elizabeth's opinion of him would have improved upon closer acquaintance." (Note: that is not the direct quote. :)) Jane Austen herself said that the Gardiners were "the means of uniting them" and so who are we to argue?

Besides their very key role in Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship, the Gardiners are such lovely people. I don't think anyone could help loving them. As is my favourite way to do this sort of thing, let me just list some of the random things I love about the Gardiners.

-They are a wonderful example of a married couple. As was pointed out in THIS POST, Lizzy didn't really have a good example in her own parents, but the Gardiners showed her an ideal couple who loved and respected each other.

-Mrs. Gardiner was just the sort of companion/mother figure Elizabeth needed. Elizabeth was...rather her mother. We love to watch Mrs. Bennet (at least I do), but I think we can agree that she was a rather un-ideal mother. Mrs. Gardiner was, from what we know, a good mother, and we see how she acts towards Lizzy. She was exactly what an aunt should be--a good friend, with some motherliness mixed in. She was able to sympathise with Lizzy, as well as offer advice.

-They really love Elizabeth. It seems to me like the treat her almost like a child, and almost like a peer or something. I suppose they treat her just like a niece. :) I love their relationship, though, and it does Lizzy so much good.

Now, of course, this post would be very sadly lacking if I did not give "that one scene" a major highlight. The scene to which I am referring is, of course, the one at Pemberley when Mr. Darcy shows such exceeding civility to the Gardiners.

Of course, then the Gardiners sadly misunderstand Mr. Darcy's character, but still. This scene seems to me to be one of the most important ones of the book. Mr. Darcy is able to show Elizabeth that he is a gentleman. To whom may we owe this scene? The Gardiners, and Mrs. Gardiner in particular. If it weren't for her, they would never have gone to Pemberley, and if they hadn't gone to Pemberley, then the rest of that business that happened between Darcy and Lizzy in Derbyshire would never have happened, I think. I really don't think they would have had an acquaintance in Derbyshire if it were not for that one scene. 

Do you begin to see what I mean? The Gardiners are quite possibly the most important characters in the entire novel! Let me quote the last paragraph again:
"With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them."

Let me point out another thing in this paragraph: "Darcy...really loved them." What does that say?! Do you see what a big deal that is? Mr. Darcy loved them. We all know how selective he is about his acquaintance, and even more selective about people he loves. Of course, who could help loving the Gardiners? I'm quite sure he found them a far more pleasing aunt and uncle than Lady Catherine. 

September, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Giveaway Winner

I'm so sorry everyone. I was awfully busy, and then I forgot, and then I was awfully busy, and then I forgot... you get the picture.

BUT.  We have a winner for the recent giveaway, and that would be Rae!  Rae, please email us and get us your address so we can send you the book! :)  (Assuming you live in the U.S., that is.)

Also, thank you to Hannu for your entry!  Unfortunately, I couldn't count them in the giveaway since it would be awfully expensive to ship out-of-country, but I'm still appreciative!

Monday, September 12, 2016

You Should Really Read This Exciting Post.  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...

Sorry, you don't get any entries for these.  They're just requirements for the others.

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. 

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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): 
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Please DO include the file name so they don't get mixed up if they reorder when you send the email, which sometimes happens. 

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.)


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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
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.
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!

(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.)


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


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


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


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)

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


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


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


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


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


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