Some thoughts from a Dowager Countess’ Companion…

Sophie and Agnes no doubt chatted like this as Agnes laced her, admiring that neat waist of hers... Some internal dialogue from Sophie de Courcy, toasting her toes in front of her bedroom fire in December 1794: - Brisk footsteps sound in the corridor, and here is my lady's maid, Agnes (I still cannot get … Continue reading Some thoughts from a Dowager Countess’ Companion…

Mansfield Park Fanny Price and Henry Crawford Part II: While Fanny Price resists Henry Crawford, Sophie de Courcy falls for Émile ‘Like a Ton of Coals Being Delivered’

Life at Mansfield Park livens up with the arrival of a dashing brother and sister to a neighbouring house, namely Henry Crawford and his sister Mary. Poor Fanny Price has been in love with her older cousin Edmund for years – while he regards her with discouraging, cousinly affection. He has been kind to her, … Continue reading Mansfield Park Fanny Price and Henry Crawford Part II: While Fanny Price resists Henry Crawford, Sophie de Courcy falls for Émile ‘Like a Ton of Coals Being Delivered’

Carmella – Sophisticated Precurser to Dracula

     I have only come across a few of the stories of Sheridan le Fanu (descendant of Byron’s old carousing partner Sheridan) but I have always been very impressed by them. There is a sophisticated control about them, a understated style that makes the horror of the Gothic terrors portrayed the more telling. Carmilla was … Continue reading Carmella – Sophisticated Precurser to Dracula