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  1. morakot


    You can read the original first chapters here (for free).
  2. morakot


    Just FYI, here is Wikipedia's summary of Jane Austen's original fragment. It does seem plausible that Andrew Davies decided to allow his desire to add drama - and melodrama - to her story. The novel centres on Charlotte Heywood, the eldest of the daughters still at home in the large family of a country gentleman from Willingden, Sussex. The narrative opens when the carriage of Mr and Mrs Parker of Sanditon topples over on a hill near the Heywood home. Because Mr Parker is injured in the crash, and the carriage needs repairs, the Parkers stay with the Heywood family for a fortnight. During this time, Mr Parker talks fondly of Sanditon, a town which until a few years before had been a small, unpretentious fishing village. With his business partner, Lady Denham, Mr Parker hopes to make Sanditon into a fashionable seaside resort. Mr Parker's enormous enthusiasm for his plans to improve and modernise Sanditon has resulted in the installation of bathing machines and the construction of a new home for himself and his family near the seashore. Upon repair of the carriage and improvement to Mr Parker's foot, the Parkers return to Sanditon, bringing Charlotte with them as their summer guest. Upon arrival in Sanditon, Charlotte meets the inhabitants of the town. Prominent among them is Lady Denham, a twice-widowed woman who received a fortune from her first husband and a title from her second. Lady Denham lives with her poor niece Clara Brereton, who is a sweet and beautiful, yet impoverished, young lady. Also living in Sanditon are Sir Edward Denham and his sister Esther, Lady Denham's nephew and niece by her second husband. The siblings are poor and are thought to be seeking Lady Denham's fortune. Sir Edward is described as a silly and very florid man, though handsome. After settling in with the Parkers and encountering the various neighbours, Charlotte and Mr and Mrs Parker are surprised by a visit from his two sisters and younger brother, all of whom are self-declared invalids. However, given their level of activity and seeming strength, Charlotte quickly surmises that their complaints are invented. Diana Parker has come on a mission to secure a house for a wealthy family from the West Indies, although she has not specifically been asked for her aid. She also brings word of a second large party, a girls' school, which is intending to summer at Sanditon. This news causes a stir in the small town, especially for Mr Parker, whose fondest wish is the promotion of tourism in the town. With the arrival of Mrs Griffiths at Sanditon, it soon becomes apparent that the family from the West Indies and the girls' school group are one and the same. The visitors consist of Miss Lambe, a "half mulatto"[3] rich young woman of about seventeen from the West Indies, and the two Miss Beauforts, common English girls. In short order, Lady Denham calls on Mrs Griffiths to be introduced to Miss Lambe, the very sickly and very rich heiress that she intends her nephew Sir Edward to marry. A carriage unexpectedly arrives bearing Sidney Parker, the second eldest Parker brother. He will be staying in town for a few days with two friends who will join him shortly. Sidney Parker is around 27 or 28 and Charlotte finds him very good-looking with a decided air of fashion. The book fragment ends when Mrs Parker and Charlotte visit Sanditon House, Lady Denham's residence. There Charlotte spots Clara Brereton seated with Sir Edward Denham at her side having an intimate conversation in the garden and surmises that they must have a secret understanding. When they arrive inside, Charlotte observes that a large portrait of Sir Henry Denham hangs over the fireplace, whereas Lady Denham's first husband, who owned Sanditon House, only gets a miniature in the corner — obliged to sit back in his own house and see the best place by the fire constantly occupied by Sir Henry Denham.
  3. morakot


    I'm deciding to view this as a modern Regency romance by Andrew Davies "inspired by Jane Austen".
  4. I thought Anne was made aware of the possibility that her parents hadn't died, as she had been made to believe, but that they had left her at the orphanage because they didn't want her. (The man leaving his children behind specifically said "Tell them I'm dead", as I remember.) She was upset because suddenly it felt as if she had always been living in a fantasy world, thinking parts of it (like having parents who were in love and loved her) were real.
  5. The time shift bugged me too. Are we to understand that in eight months or so (from New Year's to harvest time) that Jerry has no memory of these guys as his attackers? And the attackers don't worry that he might actually remember them?
  6. We saw at least one designer with his stocking in the studio -- the bald man emptied it out to see what treats there were. I would assume the other designers were encouraged to bring them with them anyway. It was not about going back to the apartment - it was about using what they had already brought.
  7. Designers took their own stockings to the studio -- apparently they had candy or other treats in them. Sergio asked the designers to let him have the bells that were on each stocking.
  8. I only found out we had a contestant from Seattle in the show this afternoon -- and, oops, there, she's gone, pink hair and all!
  9. The only non-British child was American director Chris Columbus's daughter. She was the person who persuaded her father to take the project as she was a fan of the books.
  10. She was in her scrubs and ready to go into surgery. She would most likely have on a bra under that thin fabric.
  11. My assumption is that Morgan was wearing a bra and what she flashed was pretty close to being in a bikini top.
  12. I was amused by the book as my writing friends and I had JUST had a conversation about completing your first novel. It's a huge accomplishment but is not likely to be good. And Brent's book was so hysterically not good.
  13. This most recent episode made me uncomfortable. I was disturbed the way the guests behaved at the guest house. Yes, they are on holiday but they are also in a place where the locals are conservative, and they could be a little more discreet. It reminded me of tourists in Thailand who assumed that they could behave exactly as they wanted, regardless of consequence. (A friend of a friend at a beach resort chose to swim naked in the sea (okay, it was a quiet beach), but then rode into town on a motorcycle, and strolled and shopped in the public market, also in the nude. Her reaction: "But I'm on holiday!") After years in Corfu, the only one who is anywhere near fluent in Greek is Leslie. Louisa can use only the very basic of words when she goes shopping. Louise KNOWS that Spiro is married; she knows he has children; she knows, and has stated, that divorce is unlikely in this conservative world; and yet she flirts and dallies with Spiro openly at her house, allows him to move in, encourages her children to conspire to destroy what remains of his marriage so that she can dally with him even more openly. For all this, she is SHOCKED that women in the town turn away from her and disapprove.
  14. Is Double Dutch specifically African American? We did it in Thailand and in the UK but I don't know if my mother (black from the Bronx) taught it to us.
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