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    Things that just may have affected my decision at the marital proposal time

    August 28, 2007

    First and foremost, my husband hid the secret that a large percentage of his family is functionally insane.  Information that may have been helpful to know BEFORE our wedding reception.

    Second would be a little insight I received when I got a lovely package from Jeannine this weekend.  I met Jeannine at Blogher and she just happened to read my review of Becoming Jane.  Realizing that I am a Jane. Austen. freak. she sent me this little care package.

    That’s right, folks.  There is a Jane Austen action figure.  Action Figure.  That’s how it’s described.  How cool is that?  I freaked out.

    K:  LOOK what I got in the mail?
    The Husband:  What is that book?
    K:  A Jane Austen ANTHOLOGY.  Now I won’t have to go from book to book.  I can just thumb open any novel at any time.
    The Husband:  Is that good?
    K:  Excuse me?
    The Husband:  Is that a good present?  That huge book filled with Jane Austen?
    K:  That is the BEST present.
    The Husband:  That’s funny.
    K:  What’s so funny about it?
    The Husband:  It’s just funny that you are all excited about getting that huge book of Jane Austen and just today I found my Jane Austen cliff notes from high school.
    K:  w–h–a–t?
    The Husband:  (too male to understand the dangerous precipice upon which he is standing) Please, babe.  At least I read her. What guy can understand Jane Austen? 
    K:  Um, my ex-boyfriend understood Jane Austen.
    The Husband:  Which one?
    K:  The gay one. 
    The Husband:  Excuse me.  Excluding the GAY EX-BOYFRIEND, what man understands Jane Austen?

    I didn’t even care that he didn’t understand Jane Austen. I just couldn’t get beyond the cliff notes. It’s just so wrong.

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    1. Cathy says:

      I suggest as an “educational exercise” (that would get the Husband on board with this before he know what was actually involved) have the Husband spend the weekend watching Pride and Predjudice (the A&E version), then Sense and Sensibility, Emma and THEN the movie version of Pride and Predjudice. Then ask him to explain the difference between the A&E version and the Hollywood version. If he is able to explain clearly why the A&E version is so much better, he may stay.

      August 29th, 2007 at 7:29 am

    2. kate says:

      OR… time he gets snooty about a subject in which he thinks you should be well-versed, you can just say, “oh baby, i just got the cliff notes for that.”

      August 29th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    3. Loralee says:

      (Waving Fellow Jane Freak Flag at you)


      When I go to England in two weeks?



      August 29th, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    4. Liz says:


      Being one who’s never gotten into (or remotely near) Jane Austen, I can’t so much relate to the Jane Austeny-ness. But I can relate to the love of a book (or books). And that action figure is pretty f-ing awesome.

      August 30th, 2007 at 8:36 am

    5. Occidental Girl says:

      I know! It’s all in the language. I love Jane Austen, and I love your action figure! Although I have to wonder, what kind of “action” is dear Jane up to besides walking down a lovely English lane? Or something? Still, it’s cool. Gets you in the English mood and all.

      August 30th, 2007 at 10:09 am

    6. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah says:

      It’s off subject, but I thought you would appreciate it.

      August 30th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    7. InterstellarLass says:

      I never used cliff notes. They are the spawn of the stupid. I’m not sure if I have all the Jane Austen novels, but I do have all my anthologies from my English classes at school. They are rather heavy tomes!

      August 31st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    8. tvtown says:

      My wife and I were married in private by a justice of the peace a few months before the big wedding and shindig. The officiant read a beautiful passage from Jane Austen. I have no idea where it was from, but we were grateful that she didn’t just throw out a few sets of “i do’s,” in favor of prose and poetry.
      As for cliff notes, I reserved them for Dickens…all the same story anyway.

      September 4th, 2007 at 7:58 am

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