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Monday, March 22

Emma's Pretty Ribbons

At “My Penguin”, the website states: “We print the words, you make the covers.” I ordered a book, just as Penguin suggested and created a cover for Jane Austen’s Emma. Ribbons were mentioned so often in the book, that I thought that this motif would fit in very well with Miss Woodhouse!

I covered my book with colorful satin ribbons, as you can see in this image. By the time I completed my project, the site was no longer accepting new covers. No matter, for I liked creating the cover! As I looked at the many Emma submissions, I began to wonder: "Did any Janeites we know submit one of these covers?"

Ribbon quotes from Emma:

Emma would be "very happy to wait on Mrs. Bates, &c.," and they did at last move out of the shop, with no farther delay from Miss Bates than,

"How do you do, Mrs. Ford? I beg your pardon. I did not see you before. I hear you have a charming collection of new ribbons from town. Jane came back delighted yesterday. Thank ye, the gloves do very well—only a little too large about the wrist; but Jane is taking them in."

Mrs. Elton to Mr. Knightley: "That's quite unnecessary; I see Jane every day:—but as you like. It is to be a morning scheme, you know, Knightley; quite a simple thing. I shall wear a large bonnet, and bring one of my little baskets hanging on my arm. Here,—probably this basket with pink ribbon. Nothing can be more simple, you see.

He [Frank Churchill] could say no more; and with the hope of Hartfield to reward him, returned with Mrs. Weston to Mrs. Bates's door. Emma watched them in, and then joined Harriet at the interesting counter,—trying, with all the force of her own mind, to convince her that if she wanted plain muslin it was of no use to look at figured; and that a blue ribbon, be it ever so beautiful, would still never match her yellow pattern. At last it was all settled, even to the destination of the parcel.

"Should I send it to Mrs. Goddard's, ma'am?" asked Mrs. Ford.—"Yes—no—yes, to Mrs. Goddard's. Only my pattern gown is at Hartfield. No, you shall send it to Hartfield, if you please. But then, Mrs. Goddard will want to see it.—And I could take the pattern gown home any day. But I shall want the ribbon directly—so it had better go to Hartfield—at least the ribbon. You could make it into two parcels, Mrs. Ford, could not you?"

Submitted by Raquel Sallaberry, Jane Austen em Portugues


M~ said...

That. Cover. Is. TOTALLY AWESOME!!
I also have a MyPenguin Emma but I have NO idea how to design the cover...

Anonymous said...

I found your blog while looking for an image of a piano forte to my blog, and I was amused by your blog.
I just finished pride and prejudice yesterday and I'm more and more of a fan of Jane's books.
I will read your blog with more attention later, so don't be surprise for many comments from me!

Gina said...

Aww, why did they stop taking submissions??

Raquel said...


thank you!

Raquel said...


I don´t know why they stop taking submissions. It is a pity...

Meg @ write meg! said...

I love the ribbons on the cover -- so pretty, delicate and fun!