Friday, October 8, 2010

Jane Austen liked Good Apple Pies and Cold Beer.

Well, perhaps not beer as she was a lady after all. Throughout her letters and her novels she consistantly hints about perferring alcoholic beverages to most other things and finds complete happiness in being an older chaperone because it allows her to be" put on the Sofa near the Fire & can drink as much wine" as she pleased. As holder of the keys to the "Wine & Closet," its obvious Austen knew her fair share about food and the processes that went into making a meal.

Austen's favourite dish included chicken feet and miniature Roman soldiers heads.

This article details the food related metaphors found throughout Austen's text, and few from Dicken's, but it refrains from assuming or even leaping to the idea that Austen might have preferred human brains, unlike some other people.

And, while everyone likes to think that Jane sat around all day drinking tea and licking pastry crumbs off her dainty fingers, I would like to present a different view: Jane One-mead-drinking- pie-eating-extreme-donkey-cart-riding-hell-of-a-woman Austen.

Jane Austen's flag of choice

For future ramblings on this food fancy, tune in next time for part two of KC's senior honors thesis: What did Mutton mean in the 18th century.


Jenni said...

haha, thanks for the fun post on Jane Austen!