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Jane Austen

  1. Mark Gatiss Teases a Jane Austen Doctor Who Episode, Had Better Follow Through Or I’ll Cry

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a science fiction show with a tendency to include historical authors, must be in want of a Jane Austen episode."

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  2. Guys, There’s a Paper That Describes the Relationship Between Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy Using Math

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    "A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy portrayed by Jane Austen in the popular novel Pride and Prejudice. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model. The paper is interesting not only because it deals for the first time with catastrophic bifurcations in romantic relation-ships, but also because it enriches the list of examples in which love stories are described through ordinary differential equations…. A series of small discoveries can give rise to a sudden turning-point in the development of a love story. In mathematical terms these turning-points are nothing but so-called catastrophes, which, in the case of Pride and Prejudice, are technically revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation.” — Discover has a lingo-laced excerpt from the paper "A mathematical model of 'pride and prejudice'" ("as a consequence of the letter the upper saddle-node bifurcation curve is crossed from below and this crossing implies a discontinuous jump from x’ to x”’..."), plus a graph. A graph. It's so beautiful. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  3. Charming 19th Century Illustrations Of Jane Austen’s Works Released For Your Swooning Pleasure

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    Images from 19th century editions of Jane Austen's novels have entered into the public domain. Thanks to The British Library, we get to see what artists thought Austen's characters looked like before Hollywood got to them. Here's a sampling from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

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  4. Jane Austen MMO Ever, Jane Promises Social Strategy And Probable Scandal

    Cautiously Optimistic

    “What are you writing about this week?” my friend asked me over breakfast this morning. I sipped my tea and smiled. “A Jane Austen MMO.” My friend, who has a master’s degree in comparative lit and years of hardcore raiding under her belt, raised her eyebrows. Skeptically. “No, seriously,” I said. “It’s a thing. It cleared its Kickstarter goal by almost $10,000 a few days ago. It’s got a playable prototype — well, okay, more of a proof of concept. Lots of bugs, not a lot to do. But I tried it out, and, honestly…I think it could be pretty cool.”

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  5. The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Toys, Games, and Oddities

    It is a gift!

    They say the best gifts are experiences, not things, and whether you agree with that or not, you'll find something in this post. From silly and unique toys and knickknacks to some very intriguing games, rounded out with a few things that even the person who has everything probably doesn't have.

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  6. Show the World You’re Imprudent, But Not That Imprudent With Temporary Jane Austen Tattoos

    It is a gift!

    What's more ironically bad ass than bandaging your war wounds with floral Jane Austen bandaids? Giving yourself a temporary tattoo of the famed author.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Star Wars Onsies For Adults

    Things We Saw Today

    As one who overheats quickly, I appreciate these Star Wars onsies not being the footy-kind. (via Fashionably Geek) 

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  8. Things We Saw Today: A Shirt That Gives You Khan’s Chest

    Things We Saw Today

    I'm going to assume that this doesn't come in a ladies cut, but I really hope that doesn't stop any woman from wearing it and knowing that she has the most hilarious getup for miles. (Fashionably Geek)

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  9. Museum Successfully Buys Back Jane Austen’s Ring From Kelly Clarkson, Can Destroy Sauron Now

    My Precious!

    Well, no, Jane Austen did not carry the One Ring for much of her days, only relinquishing it in death after an unnaturally extended life. But Kelly Clarkson did buy it in auction, and the UK wasn't too comfortable with that, so various folks and one anonymous donor have managed to raise the funds and buy it back. This makes the author's old jewelry one of the national treasures of the United Kingdom.

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  10. Jane Austen Tarot Cards, for Your Foretelling Needs

    For A More Civilized Age

    I'm not sure exactly what specific kind of reading Jane Austen themed tarot cards would be appropriate for, but it is interesting to look at the illustrations here and try to suss out exactly why they're considered to be representative of their name.

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