The Art of Matchmaking: How To Make a Match

Mr. Weston would never marry again.

Pish posh!

Emma had witnessed a fondness between him and Miss Taylor ever since the day their paths crossed on Broadway-lane. Upon returning from their wedding, Emma boasts to her father and Mr. Knightley of how she “planned the match from that hour.”

“Where is your merit?” Mr. Knightley asks. “What are you proud of? You made a lucky guess; and that is all that can be said.”

“A lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it. If I had not promoted Mr. Weston’s visits here, and given many little encouragements, and smoothed many little matters, it might not have come to any thing after all.”

This installment of The Art of Matchmaking provides a guide to the talent of how to make a match. 

The Art of Matchmaking: Traits of a Successful Matchmaker

Not all matches are made in heaven.

Some are made in Hartfield, by Jane Austen’s Emma.

This first installment of The Art of Matchmaking explores the best traits when taking “so active a part in bringing any two people together.” A portion of these qualities is exemplified by the meddlesome heroine. But, of course, not all. . .

Divinely Beautiful Names For Your Cat or Kids If You Love “Anne of Green Gables”

Cordelia of Green Gables.

Imagine if Marilla had indulged her young charge of such a fancy. Anne with an “e,” might never have come to be. At least, not in today’s iconic capacity.

And what a shame that would have been since Anne fits her “to a T. Or should [it] be E?” says the Anne of Green Gable’s Blog in its post What’s In A Name?

Names matter a great deal. Knowing this to be true, it’s no wonder our heroine said, “I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

Which divinely beautiful name will you choose?

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.