American Treasure

Sherlock Holmes, a character in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, loves solving any mystery. That includes treasure hunts. It was with great interest that he followed the true story of Forrest Fenn, a wealthy art dealer, who buried a chest full of gold coins and nuggets, jewelry and gemstones galore in the Rocky Mountains of #Colorado; he then issued clues via his self-published book, The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir. Anyone who found the treasure, valued at $2 million, could keep it. Fenn, diagnosed with cancer at the time he published The Thrill, wished to motivate people to … Continue reading American Treasure

Would #SherlockHolmes Vape?

Sherlock Holmes, the renowned detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle and recreated by Annabelle Troy in Jane Eyre Gets Real, was famous for pipe smoking. Whilst this may have been among his least unsavory habits, smoking a pipe has been revealed as being every bit as dangerous as smoking a cigarette (especially when it comes to the development of oral cancers such as those of the lips, mouth, throat and tongue). Would a modern day Holmes lay aside his pipe and start to #vape? Herbert Gilbert developed a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” in 1963. Hon Lik, a Chinese firm, came up the … Continue reading Would #SherlockHolmes Vape?

The Father of #Cat Photography: A Wonderland History

  #AliceinWonderland, a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real as well as the girl famous for  falling down a rabbit hole, had a cat named Dinah. References to Dinah pepper Alice’s adventures. Early in her story she thinks:  `Dinah’ll miss me very much to-night, I should think!’ (Dinah was the cat.) `I hope they’ll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here with me! There are no mice in the air, I’m afraid, but you might catch a bat, and that’s very like a mouse, you know. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?’ … Continue reading The Father of #Cat Photography: A Wonderland History

By the Light of the Silvery Moonstone

Sherlock Holmes, a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, can’t deduce how Wilkie Collins beat out Arthur Conan Doyle to write the first full-length detective novel. Published in 1868, and written in the form of letters (the 19th century equivalent of email, lol), The Moonstone centers around the inheritance of a huge jewel which sets off an Indian curse, theft, and murder. This fictional “moonstone” has an association with the Hindu god Chandra and was supposed to gain brilliance when the moon waxed. Technically, Collins’s moonstone was a diamond, much more expensive but less poetic. There is an actual moonstone, a kind of … Continue reading By the Light of the Silvery Moonstone

Star Signs of Your Favorite Characters

Literary characters have birthdays like everybody else. And sun signs. Since specific birthdays are rarely mentioned in print, the trick is to figure out when our favorite protagonists might have born based on their temperaments and inclinations. Here’s my best guess: VIRGO: JANE EYRE–gentle, with love of duty and heart of gold, studious and accomplished, who comes up from behind; Cinderella was also a Virgo. ARIES: EMMA BOVARY–impetuous, impatient, idealistic; Aries is the sign most likely to get into significant debt and they live for whirlwind romance. SCORPIO: HESTER PRYNNE–intense, smoldering and never lets anything go. Obsessed with birth, death, love, … Continue reading Star Signs of Your Favorite Characters