Monthly Archives: May 2010

Of Lodestones & Smith’s Dust

Stones and dust hardly seem the things of romance. And yet the behaviour of these particular stones and this special "dust" is frequently used as a metaphor for the power of romantic attraction. However, that may not be immediately obvious … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and the "Wilderness"

"Miss Bennet, there seemed to be a prettyish kind of a little wilderness on one side of your lawn. I should be glad to take a turn in it, if you will favor me with your company." Lady Catherine de … Continue reading

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The Gentlemanly Sport of Coursing

Coursing was a field sport popular with many gentlemen during the Regency, though it is not often mentioned in novels set during that time. And when it is part of the story, the details noted are often incorrect. The practices … Continue reading

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French Scenic Papers

In recent months I have embarked upon a series of articles here about both the London Panorama and various aspects of paper-hangings. In the French scenic papers these two topics intersect. Though Robert Barker’s London Panorama pre-dates by more than … Continue reading

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