Miss Elizabeth Bennet

by Mark Brownlow · 54 comments

in Jane Austen,Literature

 

It’s time to acknowledge those with an interest in email and novels by Jane Austen. The first of many…

Elizabeth Bennet's inbox

Update: Just want to thank all the Austen fans for spreading the word about this. As you can imagine, I wasn’t expecting much reaction given the post’s original appearance on a site about marketing. So it’s a pleasure to see people enjoying the inbox. Thank you.

See also new inboxes forĀ Elinor Dashwood, Catherine Morland, Anne Elliot and Mr Darcy.

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gagnon.ae November 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm

These are PERFECT. Love that Charlotte's wedding pics are on Flickr…

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Lisa D. Sparks November 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm

This is awesome!!! I'm on such a mind trip right now. Pride and Prejudice here in the 21st Century. There would be no end to the hijinks! – L

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Anna Yeaman November 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm

My fav is, OMG! Brighton is so kewl! One of my fav stories, mention of my hometown and email in one post :)

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Mark Brownlow November 24, 2009 at 6:53 am

Thanks all. I was surprised how modern the humor was in the book: had assumed the films / TV productions had updated the jokes for the 21st century.

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Nadja December 13, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Perfect! Loved the pics of Rosing's. Absolutely hilarious… :)

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Kat September 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Oh please do one for Sherlock Holmes. And/or his nemesis, Moriarty.

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Mark Brownlow September 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Sherlock Holmes is a great idea – will give it some thought!

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JAFan September 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Very cute…but you spelled ‘Pemberley’ wrong. Major pet peeve. :P

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Mark Brownlow September 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

JAFan – not my mistake: Elizabeth was in a hurry when she set up the Google News Alert ;-)

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JAFan September 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

LOL! Then with that spelling she’s probably getting a lot of hits for bad fanfic. Seriously though, well done. Very clever.

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Mark Brownlow September 10, 2010 at 6:08 am

Seriously – thanks for pointing the typo out. Although all these famous inboxes are meant to be fun, I do try and make them as accurate as possible in terms of names, themes, chronology etc. So my bad! If I get a chance, I’ll correct the screenshot…

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Carambola September 30, 2010 at 1:29 am

Very well done! My favorite is Mr. Collins’ e-mail.

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SL October 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Love love LOVE the “Re: stop emailing me you…” bit. I nearly spit out my drink.

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Naysa October 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I loved this, couldn’t stop laughing, especially all the emails Mr. Darcy sent, and the one from the dry cleaners. I think one needs to be made for Mr. Darcy too!

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Raquel October 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I love the Google Alerts!

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Amy L October 13, 2010 at 1:52 am

OK I work in a pharmacy so I LOVE the Valium e-mail :) One of my FAVE books, so I am glad to see it get PR :) I agree, Sherlock Holmes would be great!

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naomi October 14, 2010 at 10:58 am

So perfectly the 21st century Lydia.

Brilliant.

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Linda October 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I loved the whole series of these inboxes, but the Elizabeth Bennett one is my absolute favorite!! They are so funny. I hope you do more in the future – maybe a Firefly one? Anyway, these are hilarious and thank you for sharing them!

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Lady Catherine de Bourgh October 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm

From this am I left to assume the details I sent you regarding a proper etiquette course for ladies has ended up in your spam filter? What a shame, I do believe your sisters would have benefitted enormously from it.

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Mark Brownlow October 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Linda – there are several in planning and I’m being encouraged to split them off into their own site.

Lady Catherine – how kind of you to drop in. I should have put you in the original inbox!

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aj October 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Oh, this is great! I like the other inboxes, but I absolutely LOVE this one, (since it is the only one where I get all the jokes… ;) ) Waiting for the next one with bated breath…

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becki October 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

This makes me very happy.

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Wendy October 15, 2010 at 1:51 am

Got linked here from a friend’s LiveJournal. This is brilliant. I think the ‘Stop emailing me, you sanctimonious prig…’ is my favourite, but they’re all inspired. Of course Mr Collins is sending MORE photos of Rosings’ fireplace, and naturally Lizzie has set up alerts for Mr Darcy and Pemberley. Sheer brilliance!

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Michele October 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

Haha! Brilliantly done! Very, very apt. Especially laughed at the forward from Jane about “Hot” Bingley, and Mr Collins’ “More photos” from Rosings!

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Linda October 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Oh, how great this site is and what fun. Very clever of you. Please please keep it going. How about “Far from the Madding Crowd” – you could have great fun with Bathsheba, Troy, Gabriel Oak and Boldwood.

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Mark Brownlow October 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Linda – looks like I have a lot of reading ahead…

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Edwina October 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

This is great!! Such a Jane Austen fan and Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. The inbox is perfect!

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wanda edwards October 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Love Jane Austen, love the comments, they are so funny! How about, ” her hair Louisa, did you see her hair? or,
” You know your father has will of iron” yeah right, he is so wrapped around those girls fingers.

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Megan October 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm

This is great. I love Mr. Collin’s email with more pictures of the fireplace at Rosings- brilliant! Thanks for the laugh!

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Deb October 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm

These were so funny! Have shared them with some of my fellow Janeites at the Janes Austen Society of North America-Greater Louisville Region (JASNA-Greater Louisville Region in Louisville, KY) that I belong to. Was also posted on the JASNA NY Facebook page. Thanks for choosing Jane Austen for this. A lot of Janeites will enjoy this.

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Deb October 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

P.S. Sorry for the typo – that should be Jane Austen Society of North America. Was just too excited reading the postings & my fingers just got a way from me.

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Jennifer October 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Brilliant! Please do one for Sense and Sensibility!

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Helen October 30, 2010 at 3:07 am

I agree superb work :)

I think you need a “xxx tagged you in photo on facebook” email.

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Mark Brownlow October 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for sharing Deb.

Jennifer: stay tuned…

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Priscilla Waller November 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

How clever. Thanks for the belly laugh

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~ mia November 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Love this, is the most clever and funiest thing I have ever read!
The e-mail form Jane that says “hot! check out bingley on a horse!”
It’s genious!
Congratulations :)

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Jocelyn B November 19, 2010 at 11:43 am

This is so funny! I love it!!!

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Alkyoni December 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Um, hey, hadn’t dear Lizzie changed her mind after the letter mr. D wrote her? I mean, concerning the “Stop e-mailing me you prick” sort of e-mail.
Loved this though. :)

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lemondropfan64 December 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Maybe. I think you could debate that her opinion on him had changed, but she didn’t really realize it until she saw him again and was forced to realize it.

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Frances December 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

Oh how this brightened up a dull evening for me – very entertaining! I’d love to have a peek at some of those emails…

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Maud December 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm

OMG, this is really awesome. I laugh everytime I read it again. My favorite being Fw: Hot! Chk out Bingley on a horse. I hope there’ll be more of these. Thanks for making my day!

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Mark Brownlow December 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Just to confirm there will be another Jane Austen inbox before the end of December, and various literary ones lined up for next year. Not naming names: it’ll be a surprise!

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Emmanuelle December 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Fantastic!! I really laugth at each
My favorite : “The answer still no, then?” from Darcy.
And I agree, Sherlock Holmes would be a great idea…
I’m really waiting for the new Jane Austen character Inbox… When?? When? When??
Great job!!

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Anna Yeaman December 13, 2010 at 12:20 am

I’ll add my vote for Sense and Sensibility, Sherlock Holmes – loving that new series! – and add Wuthering Heights.

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Mark Brownlow December 13, 2010 at 8:23 am

Well, let’s just say there are a lot of Penguin and Wordsworth Classics on my bedside table right now.

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Mark Brownlow December 31, 2010 at 11:10 am

OK, Elinor Dashwood’s inbox is now up:

http://www.famousinboxes.com/2010/12/elinor-dashwood/

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TLLaker January 4, 2011 at 6:58 am

Absolute best thing I have seen in a while-laughed out loud-so desperately wanted to open them and read more.

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Gleanne Marie January 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm

LOL! “OMG! Brighton is so kewl” I nearly asphixiated myself with my iced tea!
Great work!!

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Sandra February 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

The “About that bastard Wickham” one almost killed me. But they’re all brilliant. Well done

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Lori April 26, 2011 at 6:52 am

I love your inboxes! Very well done! Could you please do some from Persuasion?

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Mark April 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

Thanks Lori. I’m away on a long trip right now and am actually reading Persuasion as we speak!

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Shannon July 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Brighton is so kewl …I hurt myself laughing

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Mich Castillo July 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

This, too, is really amusing! :) Love those emails from Mr. Darcy. Your inboxes are so brilliant. :)

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Mark July 29, 2013 at 6:22 am

Thanks Mich!

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