We were delighted, and only a little embarrassed, to find ourself playing a part in the latest Outrage of Popular Culture perpetrated upon Herself. A post (unladylike language warning) at the Slate blog Brow Beat compares Austen-oriented life advice–as provided by The Jane Austen Handbook, written by some silly blogger–and a book of “rules” allegedly written by an individual rejoicing in the name of JWoww.
On Appropriate Party Behavior
Jane Austen Handbook: Serenity of countenance, elegant carriage, good posture, and graceful movements show your respect for your company—both your fellow dancers and those watching the dance. Clapping, shouting, snapping your fingers or other loud interruptions will mark you as vulgar and unaccustomed to good company.
JWoww: Sloppy drunk is not a good look on anyone. Stop drinking if you vomit. If you puke it up, don’t put more in. Vomiting is a sign that your body can’t take the amount of alcohol that you have consumed. Call it quits for the evening and go clean yourself up at home.
We vote for Jane.
(We confess ourself a little disappointed, as when we first saw our darling child juxtaposed with Jersey Shore, we thought, “They put us with Snooki! We’ve hit the big time!” Because even your unhip, non-cable-having, uptight tar-hearted spinster &c. Editrix has heard of Snooki. But what’s a JWoww? And they made our poor Handbook sound so….prim! It really isn’t. Though as Alert Janeite Jennifer, who wrote to send us the link, pointed out, “I think considering the competition, Madame Bovary would sound prim.” She has a point.)