Every Cat Has Her Day: #Choupette

Madame Bovary, that most feline of women and a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, wonders sometimes how Choupette is doing. In case, amidst the health and economic woes wrought by #coronavirus, you’ve forgotten who Choupette is, well, she’s the pampered cat to whom #KarlLagerfelt left a considerable inheritance. (His will, filed in Monaco, is not a public document but is rumored to name several models, not all cats, amongst the beneficiaries.) Apparently the pampered Birman kitty, who once made over $3 million a year in merchandise inspired by her, is living in Paris with Lagerfeld’s former housekeeper. In spite … Continue reading Every Cat Has Her Day: #Choupette

Cute #Cats & The Victorians

With all the fuss surrounding the just-released “Cats” trailer, Jane Eyre wants us to know that, long before Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson or even T.S. Eliot uttered their first meows, cats-for-entertainment were a Victorian concern. Harrison Weir organized the first cat show in 1871 at the Crystal Palace. He wanted to change the public image of the feline, still linked to medieval notions of witches, disease and upset cradles. Weir wrote, “The Cat is an object of increasing interest, admiration and cultured beauty”–and he set out to prove it by awarding medals to felines of various breeds and … Continue reading Cute #Cats & The Victorians

Ode to #Choupette, World’s Richest #Cat

There once was a cat named Choupette who never had to worry about debt. She modeled for cars and for beauty, Purina couldn’t license her booty; the designer who owned her thought victuals too vulgar no cat chow ads for the lovely Choupette.   Now she lives in a mansion with a bank account and a pension, silver fur brushed daily by maids, her cushion trimmed with golden braid. She never has to eat mice; they are not nearly as nice as caviar from a spoon made of jade.   Only one thing this cat lacks; mere wealth can’t bring … Continue reading Ode to #Choupette, World’s Richest #Cat

Very Victorian #BacktoSchool Problems

As the summer air turns crisp, Jane Eyre, reluctant teacher; Heidi, who would have loved school if her village had possessed one; and Alice in Wonderland, the class dreamer, are pleased to present the challenges of attending school in the 19th century: You May Be Bullied By Cats Middy Blouses Are A Thing This Is Your Delete Button   And This Is Your Spell Check The Alphabet Sure Is Curvy! Recess Can Make You Positively Dizzy The author and characters of Jane Eyre Gets Real wish you all a happy Back to School Continue reading Very Victorian #BacktoSchool Problems

Very Victorian Painter Problems

Dorian Gray, a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real who is best known for his portrait, recently saw the film #Gaugin: Voyage to Tahiti. He found that it committed the transgression of being boring whilst being beautiful. However, it did inspire Dorian to the following insights on the problems of Victorian painters: 1. Can’t Find a Naked Woman Anywhere 2. Favorite Green Paint Contains Arsenic 3. Hard to Paint in the Fog 4. Cat Keeps Eating Your Models 5. Sudden Urge to Exhume Dead Wife (see infamous case of Dante Gabriel Rossetti,  the Pre-Raphaelite painter & poet; he dug up former wife/favorite model Lizzie … Continue reading Very Victorian Painter Problems

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