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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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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Blog Tour: A Peculiar Connection by Jan Hahn


 
 
Today I am pleased to be part of the blog tour for the lovely Jan Hahn's release, A Peculiar ConnectionMy thanks must also go to Jakki of Leatherbound Reviews for asking me to be part of this tour.


"Will a mysterious note from the past doom the love of Jane Austen’s most beloved couple?
 
A Peculiar Connection begins near the close of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Bent on preventing the engagement of her nephew to Elizabeth Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh declares that any union between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth would be “a sin against Heaven itself!”  Her shocking revelation, along with a cryptic message written over twenty years earlier, thrusts the couple into a whirlwind of heartbreak and disbelief.

Could a deserted mansion in Derbyshire or a small church hidden in the wood hold the key to solving the puzzle?  And why is Elizabeth inexplicably drawn to the portrait of three young boys in Pemberley’s gallery?  

Determined to confirm or refute Lady Catherine’s accusation, Darcy and Elizabeth are forced to embark upon a twisted trail into bygone days and family secrets.  All the while, they must endure the exquisite torture of denying the indisputable desire that still hovers between them." 
 
 
 
 
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A PECULIAR CONNECTION

EXCERPT

 

From Chapter Five:  At Pemberley…

 
He walked ahead until he reached the end of the great hall, whereupon he opened a door and indicated I should follow.  He began to climb a narrow back staircase that lay just inside the landing, and I, of course, scampered after him. 

“Sir?  Will you answer my question and also tell me where we are going?”

“In good time, Elizabeth.”

The attics proved to be Mr. Darcy’s destination.  An extravagant amount of objects filled the room we entered, from boxes stacked to the ceiling to dressmakers’ forms to countless trunks covered in dust and cobwebs.  He pushed aside an assortment of rubbish from a chair, pulled a trunk close by, and indicated I should sit. 

“I promised you a search for the woman who gave you birth, so let us commence.”

He placed a valise on a small table nearby and motioned for me to have a seat and open it.  When I hesitated, he grabbed an old rag and wiped down the chair.  “Forgive me.  I failed to allow for the dirt.  I shall order a thorough cleaning first thing on the morrow.”

Hours later, our hands and clothing were coated in dirt.  I had sneezed repeatedly and blown my nose until I felt certain it was now swollen to twice its normal size, yet we had found nothing of enlightenment.  Both of us had combed through letters, journals, accounts, various mementos, and relics that meant nothing to us but must have been precious indeed to the Darcy ancestors. 

I blew at a stray lock of hair that had loosened and persisted in falling over my left eye.  Wiping my hands on the dirty cloth, I allowed a sigh to escape.  It seemed an impossible task.  Why had we ever thought to engage in this undertaking?  Just then, I felt Mr. Darcy’s hand under my chin. 

“You look an absolute fright.”  He tucked the unruly curl behind my ear.  After pulling forth his handkerchief, he began to rub my forehead.  “What a great amount of dirt you have on your face!  You could not look worse if you had swept the chimneys.”

“Your own attire, sir, is nothing of which to boast.  Are you turning prematurely grey or donning a wig made of cobwebs?”  I began to squirm as he rubbed harder and playfully slapped away his hand.  “Leave my dirt where it is, and see to your own.”

He ignored my plea, turned my face upward, and attacked the smudges again.  “Do not be impertinent.  I am attempting to clean the mess you have made.”

“I made?  Who brought me up here, I might ask?  And you, sir, really should look to your own interests.  Your clothes are downright foul.”  I began to swipe at the dust on his shoulders but succeeded only in causing us both to sneeze. 

“You are right, Elizabeth.  We must leave this place.  Why, your petticoats are six inches deep in dirt, at least.”  He spoke in a mocking tone, and we both began to laugh. “How disgusting we are!  Come, let us give up for today and repair to our chambers.”

I continued to giggle as I followed him to the door, and we climbed down the stairs.  It struck me that we had been more at ease with each other in the attic than at any time since we had been told we were brother and sister. 

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Author Bio:

After leaving a long career in the world of business, Jan Hahn began writing stories based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 2002.  Her first novel, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011 by Meryton Press and won Best Indie Novel from Austen Prose that year.  Her second novel, The Journey, was selected by Austen Prose as one of the Top Five Austen Inspired Historical Novels of 2012, and it won the Favorite Pride and Prejudice Variation/Alternate Path award from Austenesque.    In 2014, Austen Prose listed Ms. Hahn’s third novel, The Secret Betrothal, among the Best Austenesque Historical Novels. She is a member of JASNA and lives in Texas. 

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My thanks again goes to Jan Hahn for this cute extract, and to Jakki for setting up this tour!

I wish Jan all the best with this release as well as any stories in the future! I can't wait to read it!



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