The Tale of Rose Red

Since long ago in a far away land, roses symbolized passion, kindness, and love.

Being so, it is no wonder two sisters were named after such a flower. Snow White embodied sympathy. A gentle young child, she enjoyed the indoors and assisting their mother with tasks. Complementing her sister, Rose Red cherished prancing about in the fields and playing in the forest.

They were the best of friends, often hand in hand.

Perhaps ’twas the warmth of their love and not the fire that drew a hulking bear to the cottage door.

Reasons to Detest Mr. Darcy

Never had there been such punishment for eavesdropping.

Perhaps Elizabeth Bennet had no supposition of hearing accolades pass Mr. Darcy’s lips on her behalf. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the offense.

“She is tolerable,” Mr. Darcy said, “but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.” 

Upon its publication and henceforth, ladies have taken Mr. Darcy as a Knightley character.

If Famous Authors Attempted Online Dating

Whether you can write romantic prose or not, the course of online dating never did run smooth.

Below you’ll find the imagined dating profiles of Jane Austen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. The text majority  is comprised of quotes from the authors themselves. 

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I’ve come here with no expectations. I wish as well as everybody else to be happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.

All I want in a man is someone who rides bravely, dances beautifully, sings with vigor, reads passionately, and whose taste agrees in every point with my own.

Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony which is why I’ll end up an old maid. However, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.

What is your favorite compliment that you have received?  

Obstinate, headstrong girl.

Favorite date. . .

There is nothing like staying home for real comfort.

My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation. I do not want people to be very agreeable as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

An Interview with Jane Austen

Gone are the days of corsets, of days spent picnicking the countryside, of men in possession of a good fortune who are in want of a wife. Much has changed since Sense and Sensibility was first put to paper. Yet hearts are still very much the same.

In light of a world waning in romance, Victorian Trading Co. sought an interview with Jane Austen on her birthday, December 16th. For none quite personifies Jane Austen like the lady herself.

The Sands Are Alive With Sunshine

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The sands are alive with sunshine,

The bathers lounge and throng,

And out in the bay a bugle

Is lilting a gallant song.

The clouds go racing eastward,

The blithe wind cannot rest,

And a shard on the shingle flashes

Like the shining soul of a jest;

While children romp in the surges,

And sweethearts wander free,

And the Firth as with laughter dimples…

I would it were deep over me!

~ William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

Painting:  “Shores of Bognor Regis” by Alexander Mann (1853-1908)