Thursday, January 04, 2007

The roguish letter W


I have just finished reading my big thick volume of Jane Austen's works given to me by my sweet cousin Paula. I have read them all before, so I pretty much shoot right through them with no ceremony. It contained all my faves:

Pride & Prejudice
Sense & Sensibility

I adore all these books. I would rank them a bit differently though. I'd have Persuasion first, then the other three the same.

But I was thinking of something that I had noticed before, but really stuck out this time, on reading them directly one after another and from the same book. Here is my observation:

Isn't it funny how the names belonging to the rogue gentlemen of each book all begin with W?!

You'll obviously notice Wickham and Willoughby first. Definitely rogues. Definitely begin with W. But in Emma, Frank Churchill's real name was Frank Weston! And really if you think about it, Captain Wentworth was quite the rogue, toying with the Misses Musgroves' feelings out of spite. Even though he ended up the steady character and married Anne anyhow.

I just thought that was quite the clever discovery on my part. ;) Seeing as I have read those books at least 10 to 15 times before, you'd think I would have caught on a bit sooner, but oh well! :-p

Now I am finished and I think I may delve into Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, which two are my least favorite books by Jane Austen, and have no roguish W's that I can recall. So I suppose that it is the W's that make me adore the other books then! hehehe


  1. Hmmm... W's and rogues... My DH & DS are Watkins

  2. knw, the same thing occured ot me this week. Also, i am working on a blog post that will include a staggering amount of jane Austen links in it. :D

    i got my hubby the A&E preoduction of P&P and he's (we've) been enjoying it immensely.

  3. ya know, I have never read any of her books. *eek* I guess I should huh?