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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blog Tour: An Unwavering Trust by L.L. Diamond


Today I am pleased to be part of the blog tour for the lovely L.L. Diamond's release, An Unwavering Trust



"Two strangers with no one to turn to but each other…

Fitzwilliam Darcy is in a difficult situation. His father is pressing him to propose marriage to the last woman in the world he would wish to take as his wife. With a fortnight to announce his betrothal, he makes the acquaintance of Elizabeth Bennet, who is in a predicament of her own.

Could Darcy be willing to consider Elizabeth as a solution to his problem and to hers? And can Elizabeth ascertain enough of Darcy’s character to trust him upon nothing but a first impression? "


We are to be treated to a post about Blickling Hall, a place I actually visited just a few weeks ago!


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Since moving to England a little over a year ago, I have ventured out to quite a few National Trust properties. We have a membership, so we pay for fuel and whatever lunch we choose for the day and it’s a fun outing for everyone. There is usually a scavenger hunt type game of sorts, artwork and history for me, and gardens and hikes for all of us.


The experience has been rather eye opening for someone who writes novels based in Regency England. I pick up tidbits of information from guides and tours. I have seen real Georgian wall coverings, and sometimes I gain inspiration for a story in what I experience. Blickling Hall was one of those homes where I found inspiration.


Blickling, which is located in the village of the same name near Aylsham in Norfolk, was built in 1616 on property once owned by the Boleyn family (Yes, that Boleyn family!). Anne Boleyn is thought to have been born at Blickling in 1507 based on a portrait and sculpture with inscribed with the information.


 The Jacobean architecture has an ornate yet austere quality that I felt lends itself well to a house owned by Lady Catherine, and the exterior became the inspiration for what little description I give of the front of Rosings in An Unwavering Trust.


Uncle Henry peered from the tip of the cupola, to the clock, and finally to the arched entrance beneath them, took a deep breath, and looked back to him.


They passed through the arched entrance to the small court and the ornate front door, flanked by columns and overset by gargoyles and a relief of the de Bourgh coat of arms.


When you pass through the arch entrance at the front of Blickling, you do indeed find yourself in a small courtyard. Not a garden sort of a courtyard, but a small stone paved area before you enter the actual house. I loved the detail and could not resist including it in a description of some house or another. The more I considered it, the exterior of Blickling was a perfect fit.


A first edition Eliot Bible was another fascination at Blickling. For those who are unfamiliar with the Eliot Bible, it was the first Bible to be published in the United States by the English missionary John Eliot. The Bible was also translated into the Algonquian language for the Native Americans of Massachusetts.


According to the guide, the Bible was recently found by the book curator at Blickling and is quite rare. I required a story about Wickham for a scene, and the Eliot Bible figures into it.


A heavy exhale left him as he gave her a sad smile. “Are you familiar with the Eliot Bible2?”

“My father once mentioned it to me. It was a version of the Bible translated into the Indian language in America, was it not?”

“Yes, it was, and my father received an edition of that book from the first printing in 1663, as a gift.”


Obviously, there is more to the story, but I will leave that for you to discover when you read the book!


While the exterior of Blickling fit Rosings, I will not say that the interior was quite what I had envisioned for Lady Catherine’s home; however, Blickling does have a bedroom with real Georgian wall coverings! They were originally installed in the late 18th century, and still in quite good condition considering they had been removed, cleaned, and re-installed.


Blickling held quite a bit of inspiration as it turns out. The house also has three first editions of Jane Austen’s novels! I viewed first editions of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and we were told of a reticule-sized first edition of Pride and Prejudice, but the guide was not certain where in the library the copy resided.

 

Where do you find inspiration? Is it something every day or have you travelled somewhere that captured your imagination? I would love to know!


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My thanks again goes to Leslie for this post and I wish her all the best with this release as well as any stories in the future!
 
 
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Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Perfect Match by Lory Lilian


Today I am reviewing a wonderful little novella, by the lovely Lory Lilian! And there is a giveaway!

"“The Perfect Match” is a short story, a sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” that takes place a year after the events of Jane Austen’s novel. Her beloved characters are approaching their first wedding anniversary as the Darcys and Bingleys experience somewhat different marriages.
In addition, Elizabeth Darcy has the burden of organizing her first ball while she encounters the challenges of the high circles of Regency London, not to mention a mysterious “affliction” that has Mr. Darcy in a panic . . .
This novella is light and very sensual, with low angst and several scenes suggested for a mature audience. There is no explicit sexual content."




You may have noticed but I hardly ever read and review sequels. Why? Two reasons; 1. I like to read how Darcy and Lizzy come together, and once they are married, I know they will be happy, and my imagination can do the rest. But mostly because 2. in most sequels people seem to throw so many problems at poor Darcy and Lizzy! Why? What's the need? They had their problems - many problems! - in getting together, so when they reach the wedding, please can they be left alone and be allowed to be happy!

So it took Lory a lot of persuading to get me to read this, but I am really glad I did! This sequel was how it should be, how Jane Auten intended it from all the clues she leaves us in the novel about life after "the end". We are told in the last line of Pride and Prejudice that Darcy and Lizzy are very happy, and so they are in this story! Jane and Bingley are also happy, but they face a few problems to overcome, but these are not "made up" problems; Lory is very clever how she uses what Jane Austen herself tells us about Mr and Mrs Bingley's married life. So this sequel really does work very well in my opinion.

Darcy and Lizzy in this story are just perfect. As in many sequels, so I hear, Darcy's pride and Lizzy's prejudice doesn't randomly return and all the changes that both go through in the novel don't suddenly get forgotten, and they are perfectly and incandescently happy! There are some fantastically romantic scenes - clean, but so swoon worthy! Darcy is just the PERFECT husband! Believe me, this will make you love Darcy even more - I didn't think it was possible, but I was very wrong! The story is set a year after the marriage, so I also loved seeing how Elizabeth had been accepted by Darcy's family (mostly) and how she interacted with them, particularly the Matlocks.

Following Bingley and Jane was also very enjoyable to read, even more so as we see them overcome their small problems. They are as cute as you would expect! I don't want to give anything away about them, but take it from me, you will love them!

I think something which surprised me the most was that I actually liked Mrs Bennet in this sequel! I know, I know, it sounds unbelievable! But I predict you will too! She has delt with her daughters two brilliant marriages very well. Read it yourself if you don't believe me!

Georgiana is lovely in this. I always like to see more of her. It is great to see Lizzy and her as sisters, and how close they have become. It was also great to see how Georgiana flourishes under Lizzy's influence.

Caroline Bingley.... What can I say... Well, I don't think I have ever wanted to strangle a character in a book more! She is just... intolerable in this story! Brilliantly so, but really intolerable! She gets what's coming to her though, don't worry!

Another favourite character who I always like to see more of is Mrs Gardiner. She shines in this story, particularly in her handling of members of the Darcy family. But I will say no more!

My favourite new character has to be Lady Matlock. She is brilliant, and is very accepting of Elizbeth into the family. She has a great part in the story!

This review is short and sweet, just like The Perfect Match! This is a lovely sequel to Pride and Prejudice. There is also an epilogue at the end which sums up the future for our couples as well as other characters, such as Georgiana, just perfectly!

This novella is extremely romantic, has a lovely storyline, and it is brilliantly written. Lory never disappoints in that area - she has such a way with words! To sum up, I think The Perfect Match is a perfect book!

 
 ***GIVEAWAY***  
 
As I mentioned above, I am very lucky to be able to offer a giveaway of two copies of The Perfect Match in any format (ebook or paperback), and this is open internationally

To enter please leave a comment below and include your email address so that I can contact the randomly selected winners.

The giveaway will end on the 17th of May, and I will be in contact with the winners!

Good luck! My thanks again goes to Lory for the giveaway!

I wish Lory all the best with any stories in the future!

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Bath Boutique Stays

 
I am often asked about recommendations of places to stay when visiting England, particularly in Bath, and so I thought it was about time to try out one of the places I have heard a lot about, 4 Sydney Place, owned by Bath Boutique Stays.






I am lucky enough that an opportunity has arisen for me to be able to go and stay there, and I am very much looking forward to my stay in July.









I had heard much about this company, and particularly 4 Sydney Place and Jane Austen's apartments due to it being the only remaining Bath family residence of Jane Austen.










I am going to be staying in Emma's Garden Apartment.













I have been told the garden is particularly lovely in July!








I will be doing a full post about and review of my stay, so watch for that in late July! If anyone is planning on or has already stayed with Bath Boutique Stays I would love to know about your experience!
 


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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Blog Tour: Suddenly Mrs Darcy by Jenetta James



Today I am pleased to be part of the blog tour for the lovely Jenetta James' release, Suddenly Mrs DarcyMy thanks must also go to Jakki of Leatherbound Reviews for asking me to be part of this tour. We are to be treated to an extract today! I also am able to offer you a giveaway - details at the end of this post! 






" Elizabeth Bennet never imagined her own parents would force her to marry a virtual stranger. But when Mrs. Bennet accuses Fitzwilliam Darcy of compromising her daughter, that is exactly the outcome. Trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage and far from home, she grows suspicious of her new husband’s heart and further, suspects he is hiding a great secret. Is there even a chance at love given the happenstance of their hasty marriage?"



 


Extract from Chapter 13


I hardly felt Mr Darcy’s hand upon mine as he assisted me out of the carriage. My mind was in chaos, and I could find no way forward but to focus on a stream of seemingly inconsequential things. My eyes moved from my slippered feet treading on the iron steps of the carriage to the tapered railings around my uncle’s front door and I listened to the calls of an urchin selling wares in the street behind me. I could not look at my husband. But as I lifted my hand to the great brass doorknocker, I heard him speak to James: “Yes, Queen Anne’s Gate.” He saw that the door of my uncle’s home had been opened to me and nodded. With no further show of interest, and seemingly eager to get away, he closed the door of the carriage and was gone.

I was undone, and I knew it. Clouds of horrors roared up in my mind. I thought of the shame that he brought on me, of how I loved him, and how little I could reach him. By the time my uncle’s butler announced me, I had decided.

“Aunt, I am so sorry; I know I am only just arrived, but I must reach my husband on a matter that cannot be delayed. I have not an instant to lose. But Mr Darcy has the carriage, so may I borrow yours? I shall have it back to you very shortly—within a couple of hours at the most.”

Aunt Gardiner’s concern was writ upon her face, but she thought I was a sensible girl and so, I believe, assumed I had a sensible reason for my escapade. “Why yes, of course. But, Lizzy, is there really cause to leave directly? Surely, we can send a message to Mr Darcy. Must you go yourself? I shall travel with you.”

“No, no, Aunt. There is no need for that, and I would not dream of imposing. No, there is nothing to worry about, but it is an urgent matter. I hope you will forgive me for postponing our tea.”

With little further ado, I was in my uncle’s carriage, whistling through the narrow streets. What I should do when I got there, I hardly knew, but I was full of righteous indignation, and though I could not say it to him, I was full of love—spurned, unreciprocated, unplanned, tormented love. Streets of tall houses seemed to unfold in all directions; the city noise of bartering men and clattering wheels hung in the air. How could it be so loud? Would I ever hear silence again? I sat forward in the seat of the carriage as if I wereatop a horse, and I knew that, if I paused or stopped, I might lose my courage. When we arrived in Queen Anne’s Gate, I realised I knew not which house I was looking for and was suddenly near collapse with frustration. Our carriage sitting outside a big black door, however, gave Mr Darcy away; almost within one breath, I knocked on it, and I was admitted.

My slippers tapped along a black and white tiled floor as a wigged footman led me forwards. The hush of the interior was a shock after the hum of the street and the banging chaos of my mind. Strange clocks ticked, doors creaked, and within a moment, the footman before me stood aside, announcing, almost to my own surprise, “Mrs Darcy.”

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Author Bio:
Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. Suddenly Mrs Darcy is her first novel.
 
 
 
 
 
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***GIVEAWAY***
  
As I mentioned above, I am very lucky to be able to offer a giveaway of one paperback copy, open internationally

To enter please leave a comment below and include your email address so that I can contact the randomly selected winner.

The giveaway will end on the 8th of May, and I will be in contact with the winner and will pass on the details to Meryton Press who will end out your book to you.

Good luck! 

My thanks again goes to Jenetta for this extract and to Jakki for setting up this tour. 

I wish Jenetta all the best with this release as well as any stories in the future!


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Undone Business by Rose Fairbanks

I am currently on holiday in the lovely Welsh countryside, and for my first holiday read, I chose Undone Business by the lovely Rose Fairbanks. And I am very glad I did! 

"Upon leaving Hertfordshire in early December, Darcy feels certain he provided reasons for Elizabeth to distrust Mr. Wickham. She, in turn, believes Darcy understands Jane’s feelings for Mr. Bingley. Disappointed in her attempts to see Bingley again, Jane despairs of ever finding happiness. Yet, the business of life cannot always remain undone. When Darcy and Elizabeth meet again in Kent, both couples must face the courses their lives have taken. Undone Business explores the cost of both opportunities missed and second chances seized."


This was a very interesting and very different twist on the story. I have never read anything like it, especially where Bingley and Jane are concerned, and I have read a fair few variations now! Because of the unique twists in this stories, this review is going to be so hard to write without giving away spoilers! I don't want to ruin it for you all! 



This is a story in two halves; first we follow Darcy and Lizzy, and then the second half we see what Jane and Bingley get up to! Here I will address an issue I read in another review, regarding the story feeling disjointed because of the switch half way and Jane becoming the main character in the story. I agree in that it was a quick change, but I personally think it worked. By this point, Darcy and Lizzy were happy, but Jane was yet to reach her happy ending so it isn't surprising that the story switches to Jane's point of view. Darcy and Lizzy aren't completely forgot for the rest of the story as there are some very sweet little scenes when we check in on the happy couple! 



Regarding the quality of writing, once again Rose Fairbanks doesn't disappoint. She is great with her historically accuracy, and her writing is pleasant to read and flows well. 



The story begins at the Netherfield Ball, and for a while the story is quite similar to canon, with a few small but important differences, and then it all changes after the disastrous proposal. I don't want to tell you how, because you should read it yourself to find out! Let's just say.... there is still a letter involved, and the letter does prove to be very important, but it is not in quite the same way as we know it! 



But back to before the letter though, it was interesting to see Darcy's thoughts building up to the proposal in this story, and seeing just how sure he is that she will accept him, which we know he was, but it was fun to read! Similarly, it was interesting, if sad, to have Darcy's point of view during the ill-fated proposal, as Lizzy spouts all her accusations at him. 



Another character who has a good part in this story was Anne de Bourgh! She turns into a bit of a meddler, but with good results! 



And so now I will say no more about Darcy and Lizzy, but take it from me, it ends happily and it is a very sweet!



Now to Jane and Bingley, and they are going to be even harder to say anything about! Well, we see what Jane really feels about the Bingley situation and how she is really suffering inside. It was upsetting to see Jane's point of view on the whole situation, especially as she has to put up with the pitying looks from friends and family. And that is all I can and want to say, other than that I have never read anything so unique where Jane and Bingley are concerned, and I don't believe this idea has ever been done before in JAFF. 



Oh, I do have one more thing I have to say, there is a very sweet little girl in this story, with brown eyes and thick brown hair, and a slightly mischievous air! Sound familiar? Yes, she is called Sophie! See, now you really have to read it! I am not going to say anything about who this little girl belongs to, but she is a cutie ;) 



So, that is all I will say! This is shorter than I usually do for a review, but I can't say anymore without giving it all away! And I don't want to spoil it for you, so you'll just have to read it! It is a well written and very original twist on a fantastic story! 




My thanks to Rose for coming up with this unique story - and for naming a character after me! I look forward to reading more stories from you!  




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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ages of Characters in Jane Austen Novels vs. the Ages of the Actors who have Portrayed them

I was thinking the other day about the ages of Jane's characters, and then I wondered what sort of ages all the actors were when they played the character, and so I decided to look it up!

*KEY*
- If I have written 'about' before an age in the novel, I am guessing as the exact age isn't given in the book. I have used any information given about whether they are older or younger than another character to base my estimate on.  
- I have used the year the film or series came out to get the actors ages. 
- Obviously '(not in film)' next to a character name means the character was cut from that particularly adaptation.
- If next to a character name it says '(unknown)' it is because the birth year of the actor is not known.


Pride and Prejudice

1995

Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

Novel - 28
1940 - 33
1980 - 32
1995 - 35
2005 - 31


All the actors were older, but not too much older, except Colin Firth, but Ehle was also older - and hey, Colin still looked great!







2005

Miss Elizabeth Bennet

Novel - 20
1940 - 36
1980 - 23
1995 - 26
2005 - 20


So 2005 was spot on and 1940 were very far off! 





1980

Miss Jane Bennet

Novel - 22
1940 - 29
1980 - 26
1995 - 30
2005 - 26

Once again, all older.






1940

Mr Charles Bingley

Novel - 22
1940 - 28
1980 - 29
1995 - 26
2005 - 25

I see a theme already, do you?





1995

Miss Mary Bennet

Novel - about 19
1940 - 23
1980 - 23
1995 - 28
2005 - 20

1995 was very much older!






2005
Miss Kitty Bennet

Novel - 17
1940 - 31
1980 - 25
1995 - 19
2005 - 20

The older ones were off, the newer ones did well!





1980

Miss Lydia Bennet

Novel- 15
1940 - 23
1980 - 20
1995 - 27
2005 - 21

All rather off, once again!







1940

Mr George Wickham

Novel - about 28
1940 - 36
1980 - 29
1995 - 37
2005 - 24

Quite a mix there!




1995
Mrs Charlotte Collins

Novel - 27
1940 - 31
1980 - (unknown)
1995 - 24
2005 - 31

I didn't realise she was younger in 1995!




2005


Mr William Collins

Novel - 25
1940 - 44
1980 - (unknown)
1995 - 41
2005 - 38


Poor Collins... He really gets the short straw! Considerably older than he should be, poor man!





1995
Miss Georgiana Darcy

Novel - 16
1940 - (not in film)
1980 - 22
1995 - 21
2005 - 18

A bit old, but not too bad.





Sense and Sensibility
 

2008


Miss Elinor Dashwood 

Novel - 19
1971 - 24
1981 - (unknown)
1995 - 36
2008 - 30

I knew Emma Thompson was much older, but I didn't realise Hattie Morahan was so much older as well!






1995

Miss Marianne Dashwood

Novel - 16
1971 - 26
1981 - 18
1995 - 20
2008 - 28


Again, 2008 was a lot older than I thought.






1981

Colonel Brandon

Novel - 35
1971 - (unknown)
1981 - 36
1995 - 49
2008 - 44


Wow Alan Rickman... 49! But he was still good!






1971
Mr Edward Ferrars

Novel - 23
1971 - 29
1981 - 32
1995 - 35
2008 - 26

Oh look, all older again! I think we have only had one spot on so far!




2008
Mr John Willoughby

Novel - 25
1971 - 25
1981 - 25
1995 - 29
2008 - 30

That's more like it!




1995

Miss Margaret Dashwood

Novel - 13
1971 - (not in film)
1981 - (not in film)
1995 - 12
2008 - 14


Pretty spot on.




1971

Miss Lucy Steele

Novel - about 22
1971 - 35
1981 - 25
1995 - 34
2008 - 31

Well I guessed her age, and I think the actresses were probably all older than she would have been.






1995


Mr Robert Ferrars

Novel - about 22
1971 - (unknown)
1981 - 32
1995 - 30
2008 - 28

Younger than Edward, so once again all older!






2008

Mrs Dashwood

Novel - 40
1971 - 53
1981 - 48
1995 - 53
2008 - 47

I guess it isn't overly important for the older parents, but still all older once again.





Emma
 
 
2009
Miss Emma Woodhouse

Novel - 20
1972 - 22
1996 (Beckinsale) - 23
1996 (Paltrow) - 24
2009 - 27

Aside from 2009, not too bad.





1996 (Paltrow)

Mr George Knightley

Novel - 37
1972 - 45
1996 (Beckinsale) - 33
1996 (Paltrow) - 35
2009 - 37


We actually have some younger for Knightley!






1996 (Beckinsale)
Mr Frank Churchill

Novel - about 25
1972 - 40
1996 (Beckinsale) - 28
1996 (Paltrow) - 25
2009 - 32

Another guess, but mostly older I would think!





1972
Miss Jane Fairfax

Novel - 20
1972 - 23
1996 (Beckinsale) - 28
1996 (Paltrow) - 30
2009 - 29

1972 was the closest this time!




2009

Miss Harriet Smith

Novel - 17
1972 - (unknown)
1996 (Beckinsale) - 19
1996 (Paltrow) - 24
2009 - (unknown)

I reckon the 2009 Harriet was quite young and close to the age of 17.



1996 (Beckinsale)
Mr Philip Elton

Novel - 26
1972 - (unknown)
1996 (Beckinsale) - 25
1996 (Paltrow) - 31
2009 - 31


Could have been worse.





2009

Mrs Isabella Knightley

Novel - about 23
1972 - (not in film)
1996 (Beckinsale) - (unknown)
1996 (Paltrow) - 32
2009 - 40

Another guess, but likely older actresses, as I don't think she was too much older than Emma.




2009

Mr John Knightley

Novel - about 34
1972 - (not in film)
1996 (Beckinsale) - 36
1996 (Paltrow) - 49
2009 - 41

Again, a guess but he is younger than Knightley, so once again the actors are older!






Mansfield Park

1983

Miss Fanny Price

Novel - 18
1983 - 25
1999 - 32
2007 - 25


Oh look, still older!




1999

Mr Edmund Bertram

Novel - 24
1983 - 28
1999 - 27
2007 - 29


That isn't too bad actually.





2007
Mr Tom Bertram

Novel - 25
1983 - 23
1999 - 35
2007 - 32

Another younger actor slips in in 1983!





1999

Miss Maria Bertram 

Novel - 21
1983 - 22
1999 - 28
2007 - 23

 Close other than 1999.






1999

Miss Julia Bertram

Novel - 20
1983 - 29
1999 - 24
2007 - (unknown)


A bit mixed for Julia.




Northanger Abbey

2007


Miss Catherine Morland

Novel - 17
1986 - (unknown)
2007 - 24


I didn't realise she was that old!






2007


Mr Henry Tilney

Novel - 25
1986 - 33
2007 - 29


Older once again!






1986
Mr John Thorpe

Novel - about 20
1986 - 33
2007 - (unknown)


Another guess, but likely older!






1986
Miss Isabella Thorpe
 
Novel - about 19
1986 - (unknown)
2007 - 22


Close to my guess!






2007

Mr James Morland

Novel - about 20
1986 - (unknown)
2007 - 32


Older than my estimate, keeping with the theme!





2007
Miss Eleanor Tilney

Novel - about 23
1986 - 28
2007 - 32


Older than my guess again!





2007
Mr Frederick Tilney

Novel - about 27
1986 - 33
2007 - 33



Snap! Both 33!






 
Persuasion


1995
Miss Anne Elliot 

Novel - 27
1971 - 38
1995 - 32
2007 - 31


Not bad other than 1971!





2007

Captain Frederick Wentworth

Novel - about 33
1971 - 33
1995 - 42
2007 - 37

A guess, but the actors were probably a little older, except 1971.  





2007
Miss Elizabeth Elliot

Novel - about 30
1971 - 34
1995 - 38
2007 - 41

Older again! What a surprise!






1995
Miss Mary Musgrove 

Novel - about 25
1971 - 29
1995 - 33
2007 - 25

Mostly older I would think.





2007
Mr William Elliot

Novel - about 26
1971 - (unknown)
1995 - 29
2007 - 33

To my guess, a bit older.





1971


Miss Louisa Musgrove
 
Novel - 19
1971 - (unknown)
1995 - (unknown)
2007 - 23


Quite close in 2007






1995
Miss Henrietta Musgrove 

Novel - 20
1971 - 24
1995 - 24
2007 - (unknown)

Oh, another snap!






I have found doing this really interesting, and as I am sure you can see there is a clear theme; mostly the actors have been older than they should have been. But, if they are all older than they should be, it sort of works I suppose as it is proportional!


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