Very Victorian Hacks for Boredom

If you are feeling stressed/bored/unmotivated during corona virus #lockdown, here are some tips, suggested by the characters in JANE EYRE GETS REAL by Annabelle Troy: Have an old-fashioned taffy pull. Nothing gets out anguish quite like cooking corn syrup into hard balls then twisting the hell out of it. Teach your dog or other pets how to do new tricks. You may even be inspired to start your own circus. Put on some roller skates and zoom around your living room, after you have rolled up the carpets. You’ll be surprised at how good it will feel! Don’t be afraid … Continue reading Very Victorian Hacks for Boredom

You Made Your #Flower Bed Now Lie In It!

Sherlock Holmes, a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy, is no stranger to looking beneath the surface of things. He knows that underneath beauty’s facade there often lurks a dark soul; he was, for instance, onto flatmate #DorianGray from the second he met him. But that’s another story… Holmes, being a beekeeper, knows that a type of honeybee, the Diadasia diminuta,  sleeps inside an orange flower called Globe Mallow. They also like to make their bed in the California poppy and other buds which close up at night–how cozy! An adult bee will sleep about an hour per night … Continue reading You Made Your #Flower Bed Now Lie In It!

It’s Only A Paper #Rose

Jane Eyre is no stranger to crafting. Victorian heroines practically invented the pastime. As early as 1850 (when Jane would have long been Mrs. Rochester with her austere childhood securely behind her), a lady could buy a kit with everything she needed to make fake posies. Natural shapes were favored, petals carefully cut out then crimped or dipped in wax, before being wired onto stems. The paper flower can trace its roots to #China in 100 BC; the Chinese are credited with inventing paper, which was ultimately used not just for printing but for fans, lanterns, and lotuses which were … Continue reading It’s Only A Paper #Rose

Oopsy Daisy

June is #flower month for the characters of JANE EYRE GETS REAL. This week’s post has been compiled by Heidi, the classic little girl originally created by Johanna Spyri. A child of nature, Heidi loves the name “Daisy” (the 162nd most popular girl’s name in 2020) and has decided to share with you her favorite females, real or otherwise, with this moniker. (Finding anyone named oopsy is a bit harder…) Daisy Buchanan: famed belle depicted by F. Scott Fitzgerald in #THE GREAT GATSBY Daisy Ashford: pen name of nine year old girl who wrote 1919 British classic THE YOUNG VISITORS, … Continue reading Oopsy Daisy

Eat Your Rosebuds While Ye May

Alice in Wonderland, a character in Annabelle Troy’s whimsical novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, loves roses. To combat the #coronavirus blues she is planning on holding a celebration tea on June 8th, the day #NewYorkCity is scheduled to come out of #lockdown. Not only will she serve everything on rose-patterned china, the menu too will be based on this classic flower. Keep in mind that roses in their natural state are edible–beware though of long-stemmed beauties from the florist’s, as they might have been treated with insecticides harmful to humans. Alice’s Rosy Menu: Rose Jelly on Crumpets–aka Rose Jam Organic … Continue reading Eat Your Rosebuds While Ye May

Very Victorian #Work from Home Problems

As the #corona virus lock-down continues,  characters in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy remind you that #quarantine was no cinch for Victorians either. Here they recount some common frustrations from the past, when scarlet fever, measles or cholera forced men to stay at home–remember, women were always there anyway: You’ve Raided the Pantry More than the Mice You’ve Worn the Same Waistcoat Three Days in a Row   You Miss the Conviviality of Eating Eel Pie in Company Only Date You’ve Had in Months is With a Postcard This is Your #Netflix       Continue reading Very Victorian #Work from Home Problems

Bad Old Days

David Copperfield, a character created by Charles Dickens and who now stars in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, has spent over a century thinking on the bright side. To remind those #quarantine bound from #coronavirus that the past also had its problems, he presents some disasters from bygone decades, in no particular order. This is to remind you that all bad things end sooner or later! Prune Pudding: #Depression Era 1930’s dished up this nutritious if not delicious dessert; FDR served it at the White House. If it’s good enough for Eleanor… Petrol Rationing: In the 1970’s odd numbered license plates … Continue reading Bad Old Days

Don’t Deface Queen Anne’s Lace!

Jane Eyre, the heroine of Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy, is not pleased being stuck in contemporary NYC during #Covid-19. As spring commences she longs to be back in Thornfield Hall, dodging madwomen and strolling through the surrounding woods, picking flowers to make into medicine and jewelry. Jane’s favorite wildflower has always been #Queen Anne’s lace. Queen Anne herself was the last of the Stuart monarchs, reigning only five years (between 1702-1707). Best-known today as the gouty, rabbit-loving lesbian from the film The Favourite, where she is played by Oscar winner #OliviaColman, the real Anne was probably quite likable … Continue reading Don’t Deface Queen Anne’s Lace!

Masks: Not Just For #Superheroes Anymore!

Dorian Gray, the most enigmatic character in Annabelle Troy’s Jane Eyre Gets Real, knows all about #masks. Though #Covid-19 forces us to don disposable masks daily,  Dorian was imprinted with a permanent mask of beauty to hide his tormented soul and nefarious actions. More than anyone, he knows that all masks are not made of paper, recycled ocean plastic or cloth. For your distraction, Dorian presents his favorite masks: Venetian: Worn for centuries during Carnival, crafty Venetians also donned these elaborate creations for normal occasions, such as clandestine affairs and spying on their enemies. Because they really allow to you to … Continue reading Masks: Not Just For #Superheroes Anymore!

What’s In Your Bonnet?

The most fashionable character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, Madame Bovary is tired of talking about #Covid-19. Now that spring has come, even though the Easter Parade was cancelled, her thoughts have turned to bonnets. In 19th century society it was traditional for a lady to now change her bonnet from velvet to silk, preferably a fancy little confection trimmed with flowers and ribbons. If you’re confused about what bonnet might best suit you, Emma Bovary has prepared a guide: Poke Bonnet features a small crown and rounded brim. This is a perfect choice for the conservative woman who likes to … Continue reading What’s In Your Bonnet?

Who Was That Masked #Easter Bunny?

Heidi, the youngest character in Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy always looks forward to Easter. The holiday matches her own innocent, optimistic and spring-like personality. So she was especially proud to learn that in her home country, #Switzerland, you can buy chocolate bunnies wearing masks, a sweet response to #Covid19. Made in the tiny Baeckererei Bohnenblust Bakery of Bern–say that 3 times fast!–the little rabbits, each equipped with a spun sugar mask, are hopping off the shelves. To add to their charm every sugar mask is topped with a bright red heart. Bohnenblust may have been the first one to … Continue reading Who Was That Masked #Easter Bunny?

Blame It On The Rune: Review of Midsommar

Warning: Spoiler Alerts—Swedes Gone Mad Alice in Wonderland, created by Lewis Carroll,  is now a character in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real. Like everyone else staying home during the #coronavirus pandemic, she’s catching up on her movies. Having missed #Midsommar the first go-round she watched it on #AmazonPrime last night. It was freaky even for her, a former denizen of Wonderland. Petite blonde actress #FlorencePugh (Amy in the recent Little Women remake) might play Alice one day. She has the right look for it. Meanwhile in Midsommar she revels in the lead role of Dani. Distraught by the recent deaths of … Continue reading Blame It On The Rune: Review of Midsommar