The Adventure of the Black Lady – Aphra Behn – A Light Read

Fair Jilt & Oroonoko or the royal slave is amongst many of the works of Aphra Behn who is a well-known fiction author. British playwright, poet, translator & fiction writer, Aphra Behn produced one of the greatest fiction marvels -The Adventure of the Black Lady. She was the first to earn her living from her literary marvels. This book is a story of about a young damsel called Bellamora, who was bearing the consequences of her un-thoughtful & ignorant behavior and stupid decisions towards her admirer Mr. Fondlove. During her courtship with her beau Mr. Fondlove, she gets pregnant and tries to run away without realizing and making any intelligent choices for herself & her unborn child. The insecurity & insensibility leads her to run away, lie and escape to an obscure future, without realizing the depth of the consequences & the gravity of the situation.

Self-pity and un-thoughtfulness

The ambiguity further increased when she was not able to find her cousin, who she was strongly counting upon for help during the critical time period of her life. She left her native land and moved to the town of Covent-Garden, where she thought she would find Madam Brightly, a cousin whom she could not find. She was strangely surprised that she could not learn anything of her; nor so much as meet with any one that had ever heard of her Cousin’s Name. In this anxiety & perplexity she quite forgot her Trunk and Money, which shows her highly ignorant behavior and her inability to maintain calm in such situations. The victim mentality of Bellamora I brought forth when she self-pities herself, for calling her shamed, ruined, and damned & forever lost. Instead of marrying and maintaining her good sense and exercising intelligence further stepping into a stable future, with Mr. Fondlove, she chooses to foolishly maintain a weird notion & unreal projection of looing her love & Mr. Fondlove ceasing to love her post delivering the baby.

A dramatic display of thoughts & actions

The story here speaks of greater extravagance of grief which was so extreme, until she was rescued by Fondlove’s sister who removes her doubt that Fondlove would not marry her after she has delivered the baby. She assured Bellamora and added the child was her own Brothers. Convincing Bellamora to marry her brother and spend life peacefully & happily. It is a light humored fiction story, meant for a light read. The whole dramatic display of thoughts, actions and consequences is highly engaging and full of surprises. Inspired by the ordinary and humane instances this book has much which one may easily relate to & come across during everyday life. From the tragic start to a romantic end, the book has much to do with the portrayal of the fickle mindedness & indecisive attitude of a young damsel. The Adventure of the Black Lady by Aphra Behn has a beautiful end where they both agree to marry each other. Very logical in approach she agrees to marry him even when she had delivered the baby; putting an end of the Dispute, towards a happy future.

Torn Between Aristocracy and Humanity – The Patrician by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy was an English novelist and playwright and one of the most popular writers of the early 20th century. His work revolved around social history and themes, and often incorporated into them, the nuances of values, classes, and hierarchy; especially that of the Edwardian era. The Patrician by John Galsworthy, a novel first published in 1911, narrated the story of young Lord Miltoun and his life torn between the need to be in a position of power and the desire for true love.

The Author

John Galsworthy was born in 1867, in Surrey, studied at Harrow and New College, Oxford, and later got admitted to the bar in 1890. However, he discontinued his profession in law and took to writing full time, after the release of his first novel, Jocelyn. He then went on to publish many famous novels and plays, including the Forsyte series: Indian Summer of a Forsyte, In Chancery, Awakening, and To Let. Galsworthy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1929 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932. He breathed his last at Hampstead in 1933.

The Plot

Lord Miltoun, the eldest son of the Lord and Lady Valleys at the Caradocs, is a charismatic young leader who believes that the power to lead his fellow men is the greatest good. His eyes are set on London and his family sees in him, the power to be the next Prime Minister of England. Things take a turn when Miltoun falls in love with Audrey Noel, a sensitive yet beautiful young lady rumored to be a divorcee. Audrey, on the other hand leads a joyless life thanks to her husband, a bigoted clergyman, who refuses to divorce her. She reciprocates in full, the love that Miltoun has for her. With this relationship builds a conflict in the young patrician’s mind. He understands the need to remain immaculate in order to continue in a post of power and the doom an illicit relationship could bring to his leadership. In the meanwhile, another love affair blossoms in the background, between Barbara, the younger sister of Miltoun, and Charles Courtier, an altruistic friend of Mrs. Noel. Courtier also happens to be an idealist and an opponent of Miltoun. In spite of the love affair with Audrey, Miltoun wins the elections by a margin and occupies his seat of power. In London, he falls seriously ill and is nursed back to health by his lady love. Sensing impending danger, Lady Valleys summons her son and Barbara to their Uncle, Lord Dennis’ seaside residence, where Miltoun recovers fully. The turmoil still high, he writes back to Audrey thanking her and during his return to London, meets Courtier, who pleads with him not to disown her. However, Miltoun realizes his true need for leadership and Mrs. Noel helps him by sacrificing her feelings for him and goes away. Barbara and Courtier too weave hopes of marriage, but the latter’s pride stand in their way and she gets married to Lord Harbinger.

The Patrician, like other novels by John Galsworthy, received much critical acclaim for its deep characterization and portrayal of the ‘drying’ effect of aristocracy.

The Tale of Anna Estcourt – The Benefactress by Elizabeth Von Arnim

A beautiful female protagonist, who even in her mid- twenties, refuses to get married in her deep desire to be free. A benign, indifferent brother with a philosophical bend of mind. A bossy, pretentious sister-in-law who is finding it difficult to comprehend why a young girl blessed with good looks, will not use them to her advantage to find a suitable match. A maternal uncle from Germany who in due course turns out to be an angel of wealth. A stable and responsible young gentleman who falls in love with the protagonist and desperately tries to conceal his love for her, for fear of being rejected. Set in London and Germany, The Benefactress by Elizabeth Von Arnim is the tale of Anna Estcourt and the people who play an influencing role in her life.

Raised by her nonchalant brother and overwhelming sister in law Susie, Anna dreams of breaking free from their clutches to lead an independent life that is truly hers. However, lack of money holds Anna back, till one day, her maternal uncle Joachim comes visiting the family. They strike a chord with each other and soon become good friends. Though differing in ideals, Uncle Joachim understands the situation that has given rise to Anna’s desire for independence and hopes that, she too, one day will agree with his ideology that “It is a woman’s pride to lean on a good husband. It is her happiness to be shielded and protected by him.” With this belief, Joachim leaves all his possessions to be inherited by Anna, including a sprawling Pomeranian Estate in Germany, and she becomes aware of her new found wealth after Joachim passes away a couple of months later.

Without second thoughts, Anna sets out to locate the property and with difficulty, shifts to her new home. She is initially unable to comprehend the social customs and hierarchy in her new place of dwelling and her relationship with the locals turns a rocky one. However, she falls in love with her new home pretty quickly and decides that the best way to put her good fortune to use is to throw its doors open to the gentlewomen of the locality. All of her energy gets devoted to these distressed ladies and the project takes a physical and emotional toll far greater than what she imagines. Her only respite among the group of unwelcoming neighbors is Axel Lohm, a young man in his early thirties. He owns an estate and all the independence that Anna dreams of, except that he leads a lonely life. He soon falls in love with her, but refrains from letting her know, very well aware that she would not reciprocate the feeling for him.

Anna’s troubles soon begin to pile up and she slowly begins to realize that true freedom is extremely demanding and isolating. In the absence of a companion to share her worries with, it finally dawns on Anna that her dream of absolute independence has its own limits.

THE MYSTERY OF THE SEA Bram Stoker – Thrilling Secrets

First published in the US in 1902, this excellent mystery laden novel is totally meant for the fans of Bram Stoker. The reader travels back to Aberdeen, Scotland after the destruction of the American battle ship the “Maine.” Here as the reader progresses reading the book, they experience the all new world of mystery that relates to the supernatural and a world in political turmoil. A perfect concoction of thriller & romance, this novel is full of adventure. As usual Stoker’s character’s shine, particularly the heroine & the supernatural conspiracy will keep you captivated and engrossed, further compelling you to read more of this delightful and enigmatic author’s work. The Mystery of the Sea, a novel by Bram Stoker, was originally published in 1902. The Mystery of the Sea comprises of numerous fascinating & exciting elements.

Supernatural features amidst a political plot

This novel is all about the fable of an Englishman living in Aberdeen, Scotland, who encounters and happens to fall in love with an American heiress. She is involved with the conspiracies of the Spanish–American War. The romance amidst a multifaceted plot, abduction, and surreptitious cyphers are the major elements of surprise throughout the course of the novel. The Mystery of the Sea contains mystic elements that exist along with a political setting. Inspired by the very many real life instances & personal understanding of the Spanish–American War, this novel has instances from history. Involving various facets like the significant subjects of his time such as national personality and altering notions of womankind. The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker is about a man Archie Hunter, who travels to Aberdeenshire, to relish a little respite and relaxation in the small coastal rural community. But his trip takes an unforeseen shot when he initiates to see spirits of the deceased and an old woman named Gormala tells him he owns the “Second Sight.” Together she with Archie plans to resolve the mysteries that the sea holds. Thee begins the quest of Archie who finds a chest full of old official papers he considers it to have a cypher note that can expose the position of a nowhere to be found treasure of the Spanish Navy. And then there is Marjory, the beautiful American girl Archie saves from drowning.

Multifaceted piece of art

The Mystery of the Sea incorporates elements from a diversity of categories and does not fit comfortably into a single category. One of the best of Stoker’s fiction, this novel is a mixture of various parts, part love story & romance, part political expanse, part adventure and part tale of the supernatural. With too many points of focus for the reader, The Mystery of the Sea could easily be categorized as an amalgamation of history, mystery, adventure & romance. Similar to his other works of the same genus that has been associated with gothic highlights, The Mystery of the Sea belongs to the same genre. Stoker creates a multifaceted historic and administrative background by setting the events of the novel that are centuries-old. In this manner, the Spanish are depicted as a forthcoming threat to Anglo-American civilization. The plot further puts a strong hold as it portrays the brawl of supremacy and standards typical of majestic creative writing & works of fiction. This novel establishes itself featuring a plot packed with adventure, romance, and the supernatural.

Handcrafted Silver Jewelry: The Plus-Size Woman’s Dream

There’s little argument that we live in a world designed for our thinner sisters. Those of us who are more bountiful can often feel as though we’re on the outside looking in – especially when it comes to fashion accessories. Sure, we can buy accessories like barrettes and earrings, but when it comes to pendants on chains, bracelets, and rings, we’re often out of luck. The chains simply aren’t long enough, the bracelets are too tight, and the rings simply aren’t big enough. That’s why it’s a godsend to find handcrafted silver jewelry made by artisans who care enough to create lovely pieces that “fit” plus-size women.

Handcrafted Silver Jewelry: The Plus-Size Woman's DreamSilver Chains

The challenges we face in the world of fashion accessories are often a matter of chain length. Whether for necklaces, bracelets, or anklets, the answer is to find chains that are custom-sized for any length. Thanks to the Internet, custom-length chains are only a few clicks away.

When you’re shopping for silver chains, look for a source that offers dozens of different kinds of chain. You’ll then have the same kind of selection that average-sized women have. Perhaps you like box, rope, or bar and link chain; maybe you like the elegant sophistication of herringbone or the more substantial Byzantine or Madeira styles. The bottom line is that you should have access to a wide variety of choices that are .925 sterling silver and that are priced by the inch.

Clasps and Fasteners

The telltale signs of quality bracelets and necklaces are the clasps and fasteners. When jewelry is assembled commercially, the fasteners are literally the weak links; all too often, they simply come apart and cause you to lose your chain. High quality handcrafted silver jewelry, on the other hand, has caps that are soldered on and jump rings that are soldered closed so that the ring connecting the clasp to the chain can’t open.

Rings to be Treasured

Gemstone rings are wonderful fashion accessories, but they also make great gifts. While there are traditional birthstones for every month (January – garnet; February – amethyst; March – bloodstone or aquamarine; April – diamond; May – emerald; June – pearl or moonstone; July – ruby; August – sardonyx or peridot; September – sapphire or lapis lazuli; October – opal or pink tourmaline; November – topaz or citrine; December – turquoise, zircon, or tanzanite), there are also astrological birthstones based on a Zodiac sign’s ruling planet.

You know that you’ve found a reputable establishment when it’s upfront about whether or not its gemstones have been enhanced. If a stone is not naturally mined, its description should indicate that it has, for example, been heated or irradiated (an accepted practice, since some stone colors – like ruby and sapphire – rarely occur in nature). Similarly, it should be noted if a stone is reconstituted from powder or stabilized using liquid acrylic. Again, the jewelry industry approves of these methods, but they should still be disclosed.

Final Tip: Bigger May be Better

As plus-size women, we have the luxury of being able to wear larger pieces of handcrafted silver jewelry. Don’t be afraid to opt for wider chains, larger earrings, or bigger gemstones. We can pull it off – beautifully!