Hello, everyone, I am Miss Elizabeth,  Jane Austen fanatic, elder sister, and at times the voice of reason to my family. I have a long-held regard for Pride and Prejudice, mainly because I can relate to Elizabeth Bennet, partly because of Mr. Darcy, and because it is just an all-around classic.

My interest with all things old-fashioned started when I was quite young (age uncertain) and only went on from there. And while I went through several stages–Middle Ages, Victorian era, the First and Second World Wars–it was the world of Jane Austen which ultimately captured my heart. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where polite conversation still exists, where cellphones are nonexistent, where balls are danced, and books are respected? Not to mention the music, the letters, and am I forgetting something? Ah, yes…courtship.

This world blew my at the time middle-school mind out of the water. I had just started homeschooling, and was still recovering from an exclusive school for rich snobs where I was the only middle-class student…can you see why I identified with Elizabeth? Pride and Prejudice taught me many things, including “to laugh at our neighbours, and make sport of them in our turn,” that “a well-accomplished woman must yet have something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading,” and that “you can laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”

Other than read my way through an enormous pile of books that, no matter how hard  I try to cull it, only seems to get bigger, I play the harp and pianoforte, cook and bake until I run out of ingredients, perform in the odd play or musical, knit and sew, attempt to remain organized, and ultimately give up on that count. I delight in anything ridiculous, and I welcome you with open arms.

Yours, etc.

Miss Elizabeth

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