Lady Susan, Accomplished Flirt, Husband Stealer, Unbridled Tongue, What’s not to Love & Friendship? July 01, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #930)



“If she were going to be jealous, she should not have married such a charming man.”  And thus Lady Susan Vernon–portrayed with delightfully unrepentant coquettish  ennui by Kate Beckinsale (previously seen in the 1996 Jane Austen tv film Emma) in the new film of the Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan”, and renamed for film as “Love & Friendship”—justifies her dalliance with a married man.

Love & Friendship” Official Trailer, by Roadside Flix

How this Jane Austen bon bon of a story escaped my notice all these years is beyond me!  The trailer is delicious and hints at a merry Regency romp with proper manners askew whenever Lady Susan is around.

I can’t wait to see it!  Unfortunately, the film showed in our town only briefly a few weeks ago and then flitted away—much like Lady Susan herself when she skitters to her brother-in-law’s home Churchill to seek a roof over her head, and one or two husbands, for she and her daughter.

So I bought the book online at Amazon for free for my Kindle for PC!  Snap!  It is captivating me right away with its letters approach.  Because as Jane Austen writes, people of the Regency period must have been far less concerned with their missives being made public because they are exceedingly and shockingly frank.

As one correspondent, Mr. Reginald De Courcy (the younger, portrayed by Xavier Samuel), writes in his letter to his sister Mrs. Vernon—who also happens to be the widowed Lady Susan’s sister-in-law by marriage, with their husbands having been brothers:

“…she does not confine herself to that sort of honest flirtation which satisfies moLadySusan-byJaneAusten-bookcover_Jun3016viaAmazoncomst people, but aspires to the more delicious gratification of making a whole family miserable. [The Mainwaring’s at Langford]  …by all that I can gather, Lady Susan possesses a degree of captivating deceit which it must be pleasing to witness and to detect.” (Kindle Edition, location 88 to 100)


Delicious, indeed!  One trembles at the thought of receiving such a house guest as the lovely Lady Susan Vernon (below) —that is, if one has a too charming husband, or a ridiculously rich son, as yet unmarried, who might be marriage fodder for the lady’s insipid daughter.  *wink*


Barely 90 pages in length, and written when Jane Austen was but a budding writer of 14 years of age—Lady Susan promises to reveal the then young Jane Austen’s quite mature understanding of individuals and their fractured relationships.

I have my lazy Friday afternoon off at the start of the long holiday weekend reading all set to enjoy!  TTFN!

P.S.  And I can only hope that “Love & Friendship” (right), plays at another nearby movie theatre, goes to dvd , or streams online soon so that I might view it!

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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1 Response to Lady Susan, Accomplished Flirt, Husband Stealer, Unbridled Tongue, What’s not to Love & Friendship? July 01, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #930)

  1. July 01 & 06, 2016–Thanks for liking this post! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers!

    discovermarche, april73, Esther


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