Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey (Everyman's Library)

I am about to read Chapter VI in Jane Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey, with the Introduction, Bibliography, and Chronology copyrighted in 1991 by Everyman’s Library. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY and elsewhere around the world.


It seems that I pick up a book or begin a chore more easily than I read the Bible lately, and my disposition suffers from the lack of the Word. So, I read some of the book of Joshua today, but in addition, the quiet sitting and thinking of the meaning of the passages has been avoided.


Another habit that’s slipped by the wayside- a regular writing of this blog!


So, tonight, I decided to just write a little and to say hello.


I wrote about Easter the second week in March because a lady did a devotional on the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I will type it out this week rather than go into detail tonight, although it is a very short blog.


One of my children, with our grandchildren in tow arrived at our house on Thursday and stayed until Monday morning. Making pancakes, and Easter bread, which came out well, (yay!) kept me busy, in the midst of hide and go seek, and monster tag, etc.


Since I bought a soft cast for my leg to support my sore foot, I decided to chase the kids with the big black velcroed boot on, which stiffens the whole leg. Extending arms and making scary noises started a new game a little while ago. That event caused them to beg for the chase again this week.


When we moved to the back yard, which is not flat and smooth, it made it awkward for me. My granddaughter stood before me to guard against the boy monsters getting me. When I told her she didn’t have to always be the monster, she said, “I’ll just be your apprentice monster.”


Kids grow up so fast!


I wonder what Jane Austen would think of modern day England and America. She mentions in Chapter V, “As soon as divine service was over, the Thorpes and Allens eagerly joined each other;”


The Christian world was commonplace to her in the novels I’ve already read, but she didn’t mention “divine service,” as far as I can recall. I liked that phrase, “divine service.”


Before the story begins, there are pages of narration in the Introduction and then there are a few pages of her history, and other author’s names and works, and the history of the world all in corresponding rows set up according to the years. The events of war and major political happenings concerned Europe and Russia and occasionally the United States. Napoleon was alive and engaged in taking over much of the world during her lifetime.


Today, I heard in the news that Chinese diplomats are talking to Russian diplomats and possibly America and South Korea will join the conversation. As I read the Bible, it makes me think of the alliances of nations that it talks about at the end of the ages. China and Russia are mentioned. The United States is not mentioned, as far as I can tell, unless we are included with Great Britain. It’s a little complicated.


I hope this finds you well. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His outstretched hand.




Writing With A Cause


I have some busy days ahead, so if I don’t write every day except for Sunday as I’ve been trying to do, I hope you’ll stay with me. My schedule changes come Thursday.

Spoiler alert: I am going to dissect fiction techniques here and it will ruin your pleasure in fiction reading if you’re not a writer.

I am in the midst of doing some last minute things and I picked up my copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, even though I have a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth and The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall awaiting me with a library due date.

I’ve read Pride and Prejudice at least once and seen the movie a handful of times, so it surprised me when I picked it up. As I’m reading it, I’m noticing how often she puts people in a dilemma or adds a new opportunity for her main characters. I’m seeing it with new eyes.

She wrote Pride and Prejudice with an agenda to speak against entailment, which was the practice of leaving an estate to a male heir, even a distant heir if the remaining family members were female. It left widows and their daughters in a precarious state sometimes. In my opinion, I don’t think she was heavy handed in her attempt to dissuade the more affluent classes away from the practice of entailment. I haven’t researched what the readers of her time period thought of her views.

I know Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin because she and her family were extremely upset by slavery in America. When I read a biography about her, it mentioned that Abraham Lincoln met her. If memory serves, he said something like “So, this is the lady that started the Civil War.”

Her father and mother hosted Frederick Douglas and other abolitionists in their home.

I’ve read many writing books and a sentiment mentioned is that what the writer believes comes out in their writing. I’ve read many Young Adult books and children’s chapter books and often I’ll see a character say something derogatory about believing in God or about a particular religion. Just a sentence or two.

If you are a writer, how do you present your cause without overdoing it? I read a short romance once that was trying to urge readers to send money for a national treasure that was deteriorating. The author brought it up so often, I felt nagged and became annoyed.

Take care and may God bless you.