Emma Discussion Questions

31 03 2010

1. Do you think Emma has good intentions?  Or does she just like to do what she wants without concern with the effects on others? 

2. What do you think of Emma and Harriet’s Friendship?  Is Emma being a good friend to Harriet with her actions?  





Quotes – Emma and Contest Winner

30 03 2010

We promise not to meddle in your lives or try any matchmaking here – but we are going to announce the winner of the $10 iTunes Gift Card – Random Number Generator selected Maggie Brown – Commenter #1 for her insightful comments on Robin Hood.  Thanks Maggie!  I’ll email you with the details.

Now back to the village of Highbury for one of our favorite quotes from Emma.  We would love to know your favorite part of the story, or any blunders of your own from not having all the information.

I thank you; but I assure you, you are quite mistaken.  Mr. Elton and I are very good friends, and nothing more, and she walked on, amusing herself in the consideration of the blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of circumstances, of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for every falling into.





Review – Emma

29 03 2010

Today we trade our tankards of ale and rambunctious adventures for cups of tea and a story of manners. This switch may seem quite dull to some rowdy folk, but Jane Austen’s novel, Emma, contains a most unlikely and most beloved heroine. Emma Woodhouse is a sheltered, sweet, witty, albeit slightly spoiled young lady who delights in matchmaking all her single friends. As the leader of her social sphere, she is in the perfect position to prepare parties and balls, encounters and frolics in order to carry out her schemes. But alas, Emma proves not as proficient in understanding human nature as she thinks and is so busy in everyone else’s love affairs that she almost misses her own! Whether you read it a hundred times as a girl or never before, Traveling Classics is pleased to present their audiobook version in the hope that it will while away tedious hours for you in a most pleasant fashion.





Reader Profile

26 03 2010

All the LibriVox readers do a great job, but I particularly liked Maureen O’Brien’s reading of Section 4 in the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.  If you want to hear more read by her, she has also read the following: 

Five Children and It – Section 4

Pride and Prejudice – Sections 5 & 6

Richard II – Section 3

The Spy – Sections 7-9

Vanity Fair – Sections 29-32

Who is your favorite LibriVox reader? 





Get into the Story – Robin Hood

25 03 2010

I have had so much fun listening to Robin Hood and getting into the story.  One great way to get involved is to make yourself a Robin Hood hat.  Here is a tutorial: 

Or you could pour yourself a pint of the finest ale in all Sherwood, and make yourself some of Robin Hood’s Chicken as part of your Merry Feast.  

Ingredients: 

1 (3 to 3 1/2 lb.) frying chicken, cut up
1 lg. onion, sliced
1 med. green pepper, sliced
2 cans Chef Boyardi beef gravy
8 green olives, sliced thin
1/4 c. cooking sherry
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 can sliced whole white potatoes

Directions: 

Place chicken parts on broiler pan and broil in oven until done. Set aside. In large stock pot, saute onions and green peppers in vegetable oil until tender. Add garlic powder and pepper. Add beef gravy, potatoes and chicken. Simmer over low heat 15 minutes. Add sliced olives for garnish and sherry for flavor. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.





Robin Hood $10 iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

24 03 2010

Answer one of the questions below in the comments section to enter to win a $10 iTunes gift card.  The post will be open for comments until 5PM ET Monday, March 29.

1. Can you reconcile the contradictory nature of Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving it to the poor?  Do you think his actions are justified?

2. Are there any public figures in today’s world that can be compared to Robin Hood?





Quote – Robin Hood

23 03 2010

One of our favorite quotes from Robin Hood is the oath the Merry Men of Sherwood Swear to: 

That you, the freemen of this forest, swear to despoil the rich only to give to the poor, to shelter the old and the helpless, to protect all women rich or poor, Norman or Saxon. Swear to fight for a free England. To protect her loyally until the return of our King and sovereign Richard the Lion Heart. And swear to fight to the death against our oppressors!

Do you have a favorite quote from Robin Hood?





Review – Robin Hood

22 03 2010

While on this movie kick, we at Traveling Classics are getting excited about the new version of Robin Hood out in May and have decided to revisit the well-beloved classic with an audiobooks recording ofThe Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. Written as the first thorough compilation of many British ballads and legends, Howard Pyle’s 1883 novel on the hero sets the course for every future retelling. The tales introduce Robin Hood as a swashbuckling dashingly rugged knave who so cleverly “robs the rich to feed the poor”, thereby winning the hearts of the people, the fair damsel Maid Marion and a pardon for loyal service from King Richard the Lionheart on his return from a crusade in the Holy Land. Although all the familiar characters, Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlet and the rest make their appearance, there are many unfamiliar tales in Pyle’s book and it closes with a little-known end. Thus, we hope you find as much new adventure in these old tales as we do. Keep listening!





Have a Mad Hatter Tea Party!

18 03 2010

What a better way to get into the Alice spirit than to have a Mad Hatter Tea Party?

Send us pictures of your Mad Hatter Tea party and we may feature them on the blog!

Have a warm cup of PG tips, our favorite tea, and bake some fresh scones to go with it. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or rubbing between your fingers until it is in pea sized lumps. Stir in the currants. Mix together 1/2 cup milk and sour cream in a measuring cup. Pour all at once into the dry ingredients, and stir gently until well blended. Overworking the dough results in terrible scones!
  3. With floured hands, pat scone dough into balls 2 to 3 inches across, depending on what size you want. Place onto a greased baking sheet, and flatten lightly. Let the scones barely touch each other. Whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon of milk. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash. Let them rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are golden brown, not deep brown. Break each scone apart, or slice in half. Serve with butter or clotted cream and a selection of jams – or even plain




$10 iTunes Gift Card Giveaway – Alice in Wonderland

17 03 2010

We would love to know what you think about Lewis Carroll’s Classic Alice in Wonderland – so we’re giving away a $10 gift card to iTunes.  There are 5 ways to enter the giveaway and you can do 1 or all 5.  If you do more than one, you can put all the ways you have entered in one comment.  Here are all the ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post with an answer to one of the questions below about Alice in Wonderland
  2. Subscribe to our RSS feed and leave a comment with an answer to one of the questions below letting us know you subscribed
  3. Follow us on Twitter, and tweet about the giveaway – make sure you reference @tclassics in your tweet
  4. Become a fan on Facebook and leave a comment with an answer to one of the questions below letting us know you became a fan on facebook
  5. Download our free or download Audiobooks app, or the Alice in Wonderland app to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android device and leave a comment with an answer to one of the questions below letting us know you downloaded an app

Alice in Wonderland Quesions:

  1. Some critics have found parts of Alice in Wonderland unsuitable for children.  Do you think any parts are unfit for children, or do you think it encourages imagination?
  2. What do you think is the significance of the mushroom that Alice eats during her adventures?
  3. Do you find the book to be more of a view of an adult’s view of childhood, or a child’s view of adulthood?







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