Friday, March 29, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Here at NineteenTeen, we LOVE books (and if you don't believe me, I'll show you a picture of all the walking paths in my home totally blocked by stacks of books)...and we also love movies based on books.
Or, at least, we love talking about them. ("The book was better!" "The movie made the characters live!" "Those costumes were bizarre!")
When we get together to talk about movies based on books, we call it "Young Bluestockings Attend the Cinema"! (We're bluestockings because we're all love books so much that we risk being called bluestockings by all the dandies out there, and we don't mind one bit!)
Our next movie: drumroll, please! Is
Based on perhaps the most beloved and influential book about teen girls ever written, this movie stars everyone from Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, and Kirsten Dunst to CHRISTIAN BALE! Yes, Batman is in the house, but he's young...and he smiles. In fact, sometimes he even laughs. (Special effects were really good in those days!)
LITTLE WOMEN from 1994! To be discussed on April 23!
So all you need to do is watch it (or remember it, if you've already seen it), and stop back in here on Tuesday, April 23, when we'll all discuss it!
Please join us!
The 1994 LITTLE WOMEN movie is available on DVD, Netflix DVD, iTunes HD, Amazon Instant Video, and quite possibly from your local library.
Friday, March 22, 2013
- January 1811, it was cold enough in London, for long enough, that the Thames froze over.
- May 1811, London saw thunderstorms nine different times in one month.
- Spring and summer 1812 were unusually cold and wet.
- The winter of 1813/1814 was extremely cold, and the last of the famous Thames frost fairs was held in February 1814.
- 1816 was the “Year without a summer,” which has been blamed on a volcanic eruption in 1815 that sent up a cloud of ash into the atmosphere. London reported snow on Easter Sunday (April 14) and more snow on May 12!
- Early March 1818 saw strong gales across England that damaged structures and crops.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
So what is a firescreen?
In the days before oil burners and thermostat-controlled central heating, fireplaces were more or less it for keeping warm…and while you might want to sit as close to the fire as possible to stay toasty, having your face close to open flames could prove deleterious to the complexion…and if we go back to earlier centuries, when paste makeup was more common, sitting to close to the fire would cause one’s face to…well, let’s just say that streaks of melting makeup running down one’s cheeks is NOT an attractive look. And so the firescreen was invented, to protect one’s delicate visage from too much heat, but still allow sticking close to the fire.
But firescreens also became an opportunity, of sorts. Here’s the text that accompanies this Ackermann print:
The talent for drawing, which has been cultivated with so much success by some ladies of high rank, enabled them to decorate several articles of furniture in a very novel and tasteful manner. A laudable emulation in the higher circles caused this species of art to become a fashion, and an extensive variety of ornamental furniture has been produced by ladies; many articles of which have lost nothing even in comparison with the work of very clever professional artists.
There are few pieces of furniture so appropriate to the purpose of decoration in this style as the screen, either for the hand, or to be supported by poles: four designs for the latter are introduced in the annexed plate; they exhibit the proportions and forms applicable, which may be ornamented as the taste of the amateur may suggest, either by figures, landscapes, vases, flowers, or simply by Etruscan or embossed gold borders.
Small paravents [folding screens] would afford ample means for the exercise of the elegant talent of design, and be beautiful and useful appendages to the drawing-room.
So there you have it: when handsome young men pay calls on days when there's the least bit of chill in the air, you make sure there's a cracking good fire in the drawing room...and then make sure that one of the firescreens you painted with an attractive prospect of the seashore at Brighton, drawn from memory, is in prominent view. Thusly can you protect your delicate complexion and demonstrate your exquisite talent and taste, all at the same time. Sounds like a reasonable idea to me!
Thanks for playing along with my Mystery Object. :)
Friday, March 15, 2013
And my choice to receive the free copy of The Heiress’s Homecoming is QNPoohBear! She and Laura AKA Loves to Read Romance were the only ones brave enough to take the Everard quiz last week and report their scores. Bravo, ladies! QNPoohBear, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put the book in the mail to you.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Aren’t they pretty? So...what are they?
Unfortunately, since this is a drawing, I can’t provide measurements or materials. But I can give you a little background information: they were usually anywhere from three to five feet tall, and could be found in most rooms of the house, particularly living spaces like sitting rooms or parlors. They were in common use for centuries, but their usefulness came to an end over the latter half of the 19th century.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Get your Everard on!
1. The name of the fellow whose death started the entire series was
a. Ambrose, Earl of Evermore
b. Arthur, Lord Everard
c. Mr. Carruthers
d. Mr. Walcott
2. Jerome’s forte is
3. Richard left England to seek his fortune as a
a. Captain in the Horse Guards
b. Captain in the merchant marine
c. Sailor on a privateer
d. Farmer in India
4. Vaughn is equally well known for
a. Pride and prejudice
b. Gambling and drinking
c. Poetry and dueling
d. Lace and lavender
5. Samantha has two pastimes somewhat unusual for a lady of her time. They are
a. Drizzling and weaving
b. Boxing and composing symphonies
c. Boxing and fencing
d. Portrait painting and mountain climbing
6. Samantha’s childhood home in Cumbria is called
a. Samantha’s Estate
b. Everard Alley
c. Primrose Hill
d. Dallsten Manor
7. The house where the Everards live in London is called
a. Dallsten Manor
b. Primrose Hill
c. Everard House
d. The British Museum
8. The Everard title is
a. An earldom
b. A dukedom
c. A barony
d. Entirely too short and unoriginal
9. Samantha calls the little neighbor boy she is fond of
d. Hey, you
10. The names of Vaughn’s favorite carriage horses are
a. David and Goliath
b. Aeos and Aethon
c. Laverne and Shirley
d. Thunder and Lightning.
Answers are listed in the first comment. Do let me know how it goes! And if you’d like a little more fun today, stop by Regency author Ella Quinn’s blog, where she’s interviewing me and we posted another excerpt from The Heiress’s Homecoming, this one with Samantha in a sword fight. :-)
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Then she refused every suitor I paraded before her, including a dashing cavalry officer.
And when she finally showed interest in a gentleman, he seemed determined to keep her out of his family. Here's what happened shortly after Samantha met William Wentworth, Earl of Kendrick, for the first time after she'd visited his son, her old friend Jamie, who's all grown up at seventeen to her twenty-four years and has some matrimonial ideas of his own.
Friday, March 1, 2013
“The general style of forming dresses is very high in the bosom, so as to preclude the necessity of the neckerchief; plain fronts, uniting in the centre with a clasp, and a demi wrap over it, finished on the left side, where the dress closes, are uncommonly elegant. We observed a dress of this formation at the Duchess of G___’s assembly, let in all round, and up the left side, with the most delicate Mechlin lace, and tied with tassels of cut steel.”
“The hair is chiefly worn in disheveled curls, exhibiting much of the forehead. Bandeaus of diamonds, garnets, or emeralds, are considered elegant; and the rainbow coronet, formed of diverse precious stones, worn by the Marchioness of E_____ on a late splendid occasion, excited universal admiration, from its singularity, brilliancy, and beauty.”
“It should be remembered that the morning costume, according to the present standard of fashion, is considered vulgarly deficient without a cap.”Excuse me while I go find a cap, as I would not wish to appear vulgar!