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Sunday, June 6

Jane Austen Throwdown

Of the jobs that the men in Jane Austen's life or novels pursued, which profession would appeal to you? - for spouse, personally, or in general.

Rector/Clergyman - Edmund Bertram, Edward Ferrars, Henry Tilney, and James Austen

Blake Ritson as Edmund Bertram, Mansfield Park

Lawyer/Barrister - Mr. Shepherd, John Knightley, and Tom Lefroy

James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy, Becoming Jane

Businessman/Entrepreneur - Mr. Gardiner and Henry Austen

Adrian Edmondson as Henry Austen, Miss Austen Regrets

Military Man/Officer - Captain Wentworth, Colonel Brandon, and Charles and Francis Austen

Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth, Persuasion 2007


Miss Laurie said...

Wasn't Mr. John Knightley also a lawyer?

Vic said...

Yes he was. Excellent catch!

Deb said...

This one is tough Vic! - and no mention of Mr. Collins [clergy] or Wickham or Capt. Tilney[military]? -[did you not want to include the "odious" ones?] or what about the job of being a gentleman, though really an estate owner [Darcy, Mr. Knightley. Sir Thomas], etc... oh well, I would have to choose Wentworth and just pray that he stayed home...

Enid Wilson said...

I'm all for being an entrepreneur. I can make some money from Miss Bingley then.

Really Angelic

Vic said...

Ah, Deb, good questions. I first included a sentence about second sons having to pursue a profession. (In effect Edward Ferrars became a second son when his mother dishinherited him.) I did not want to include the wealthy landowners (earning income from managing and overseeing inherited land comes with a certain amount of privilege.) And, yes, no rogues or silly clerics.

Nonna Beach said...

Military man...I am the wife of a Military man who had a very long career in the Navy ! I just love a man in uniform ( but not in a silly way like Mrs. Bennet, Lydia or Kitty ! ) More like Anne Elliot and her Capt. Wentworth !!!

ChaChaneen said...

Ooooh, I like how the voting poll was within the post! Very cool girlfriend!