Very Victorian #Vaccine Problems

Edward Jennings contributed greatly to the advancement of vaccines when, in 1798, he administered them for smallpox. How did he get the idea? Well, as a little boy he’d had smallpox himself and survived, becoming immune to the disease. As #Covid19 vaccines begin to be rolled out across the USA, the cast of Annabelle Troy’s novel Jane Eyre Gets Real reminds you that no era is immune to problems, least of all the Victorians: The Syringe Won’t Go Through Your Sleeve You Prefer to Stick With Opiates Your Cat Wants A Shot, Too After You’re Pricked, You Sleep For A … Continue reading Very Victorian #Vaccine Problems

Halloween Party Like It’s 1899

Dorian Gray may be the most macabre character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, the novel by Annabelle Troy. Therefore, he appreciates the value of a good #Halloween celebration. Victorians considered the holiday far more fitting for adults than for children; it didn’t really become a kid’s affair until the 1920’s. October 31st was a day when Victorians could let their hair down and have a romping good time. Known to be preoccupied with death–probably because their relatives, offspring and friends were often dying, at home and slowly–19th century folk viewed Halloween as an occasion when the tables could be turned … Continue reading Halloween Party Like It’s 1899

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

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

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

How to Pamper An Invalid

The concept of an invalid–a sick person confined for a long time to bed, usually at home– hasn’t had much play in modern life. But now that #coronavirus has changed everything, Jane Eyre is here to guide us on this very Victorian role. Below are some ways to spoil your special invalid during convalescence. Bed Jacket: First you might want to get them, if female, #transgnder or gender neutral, a Bed Jacket. This charming garment can be worn over a pajama top or tank then used later for evening wear or to dress up jeans. Lots of vintage examples, from … Continue reading How to Pamper An Invalid

Very Victorian #Quarantine Problems

In an attempt to bring levity to this time of #coronavirus, so serious and distressing, the characters of Jane Eyre Gets Real offer you the following reminders that 19th century self-isolation was even worse than it is today: Handkerchiefs Are Not Disposable This Is Your E-Reader No Vicks Vaporub–Instead Make Your Own Mustard Plaster The Touch of a Palm Is Your Thermometer Takes All Day To Make Anti-Bacterial Soap Difficult to Obtain Reliable #ToiletPaper Stars Are Your Best Binge Watching Option Our prayers for you to stay safe and healthy!   Continue reading Very Victorian #Quarantine Problems

Tinseltown: Classic #Tinsel Gets A Makeover

Madame Bovary, the femme fatale of Annabelle Troy’s delightful novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, has always appreciated bling. One of her favorite #Christmas decorations is tinsel. Santa says that tinsel was invented in Nuremberg, Germany around 1610, was made from strands of  pure silver and was used to decorate religious statues. Some eminent Victorians, like the Queen, had the bright idea of festooning tree branches with this shiny stuff, to enhance the glow of the candles also used as decorations. By the early 1900s aluminum was being used to create tinsel–in fact, Emma Bovary’s home country of France was the leading … Continue reading Tinseltown: Classic #Tinsel Gets A Makeover

Very Victorian #Music Problems

On the 50th anniversary of #Woodstock, the characters in Jane Eyre Gets Real present these Victorian musical dilemmas: This Is Your Ipod–And It Only Plays One Tune The Cat Next Door Won’t Stop Fiddling Strangers Keep Gathering Around Your Piano When You’re Trying to Eat Dinner Your Sheet Music Is Prettier Than You Are It’s Hard To Amplify The Volume On A Harp You’ve Worn Out All Your Discs This Song Is Stuck In Your Head Continue reading Very Victorian #Music Problems

Alice’s #IcedTea Party

Alice in Wonderland, a character in Annabelle Troy’s droll novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, is known to love tea parties. Transported by magic out of Wonderland and into the heat of a NYC summer, Alice has learned to make iced tea instead. This treat was relatively unknown to the Victorians. Before refrigerators were invented people had to rely on ice houses, man-made structures built underground near freshwater lakes. By the end of the 19th century a lot of families did have “ice boxes”, which were made of wood and lined with zinc or tin. A man would make daily rounds of … Continue reading Alice’s #IcedTea Party