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!

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?

Victorian Lamb #Cake for #Easter

  Cakes in the shape of a lamb are an adorable Easter tradition in many parts of Europe, including Italy and Poland. Jane, the lead character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, always bakes one for Easter. She has shared this post with you on other holidays but is doing so again for new readers. (TIP: for Halloween, bake a red velvet version of this cake–blood of the lamb–and take its head off before you serve.) First, get a lamb mold (online or at an Italian bakery). Second, follow this receipt: LAMB CAKE RECIPE 2 cups all purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking … Continue reading Victorian Lamb #Cake for #Easter

Counting Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched: Very Victorian Spring Problems

This year the spring equinox was March 20, so it’s official: we have sprung! Victorians, who loved all categories, enjoyed celebrating this season with their usual aplomb. Hence, the cast of Jane Eyre Gets Real presents Very Victorian Spring Problems:   Your Chickens Have A Better Love Life Than You Do You Dress Your Children In White & Expect Them Not To Get Dirty Your Greenhouse Looks Like A Mausoleum   Everyone Else Has Gone A-Maying But You’re Stuck At Home Baking Scones  Your New Pet Refuses To Play Fetch   Rabbits Are Taking Over The School System The Flowers In Your … Continue reading Counting Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched: Very Victorian Spring Problems

I’m Like A Bird

Birds are linked in all world mythologies to birth, death, freedom and rejuvenation–making them the perfect symbol of spring. Giving whimsy its way, here are the characters of Jane Eyre Gets Here by Annabelle Troy, reimagined as avian spirits: Dorian Gray: peacock. A reminder that beauty should never be taken too seriously, the peacock also represents new life rising out of the ashes–a kind of vain phoenix. David Copperfield: cuckoo. An orphan bird always looking for foster families; not known for being a hero in his own life, the cuckoo looks for other nests in which to build his future. Mr. Darcy: … Continue reading I’m Like A Bird