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What’s a strong, independent-minded woman supposed to do in a world of insipid dating guides?Sinéad Murphy responds by asking: Who has more time-tested secrets than Jane Austen, whose novels continue to captivate us almost two hundred years later? I was SO looking forward to it because quite frankly I'm more old fashioned then current fashioned when it comes to my life expectations.For example, where The Rules advises women to keep quiet to allow their dates to drive the conversation, The Jane Austen Rules counters with “Don’t Just Sit There, Say Something!
Pulling up on a white horse isn’t necessary for the modern woman, but some chivalry is still a heart-melting must.
Witty feminist and academic Sinéad Murphy responds by asking: Who has more time-tested secrets than Jane Austen, whose novels continue to captivate us—read after read—almost two hundred years later? If you look closely at Jane Austen’s books, as Murphy has, you’ll discover Austen’s countless tips for women on finding the right leading man, navigating the ups and downs of courtship, and building a happy, independent life for yourself.
Whether you can recite paragraphs from Pride and Prejudice or just admire Colin Firth in his wet T-shirt, the romance of Jane Austen’s world is one you’ll never forget. You’ll also learn: • How to flirt like a regular Lizzy Bennet.
In the mid-1990s, a dating guide titled The Rules became famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for imparting to women “a myriad of tricks and schemes” (p.14) for finding Mr. Does Murphy seek to replace one set of arbitrary opinions with another, using Jane Austen’s name as a marketing ploy? As such this is not really a dating guide at all; its scope is much wider.
In the introduction titled “The Real Thing” Murphy proposes that modern dating guides have a Regency ancestor in the conduct book, full of dos and don’ts for women wishing to succeed in society:…the Regency conduct book tended to judge a woman by how she conducts herself–that is, by how she acts, by how she seems.