If Twain was a drink he’d be a single malt whiskey, while Austen would be an eight ingredient cocktail. He’s an expressway, she’s the scenic route, full of potholes. The Rolling Stones to her Jimi Hendrix. Three bar blues to her Jazz ensemble. A Louis Sullivan office building to her Victorian mansion.
Why does Mark Twain hate Jane Austen? (via femilly)
preparing for Blood of Tyrants.
i have more cards basically consisting of “jane does a badass thing” if anyone wants easy blackouts.
Yet even shadows have their shapes which live where I imagine them to be, the hordes of vanished souls whose eyes acknowledge mine.
Charles Baudelaire (via jaded-mandarin)
Lieutenant-General Lord Cornwallis receiving as hostages the two sons of Tipu Sultan at the end of the Third Anglo-Mysore War, 1792.
The Third Anglo–Mysore War (1789–92) was a war in South India between the Kingdom of Mysore and the East India Company and its allies, including the Maratha Empire and the Nizam of Hyderabad.
At the end of the conflict, among the preliminary terms that Lord Cornwallis insisted on was the surrender the two sons of Tipu Sultan as hostages. This was a guarantee for his keeping to the peace agreement. On 26 February his two young sons were formally delivered to Cornwallis amid great ceremony and gun salutes by both sides.
Sometimes I wished to express my sensations in my own mode, but the uncouth and inarticulate sounds which broke from me frightened me into silence again.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (via mythologyofblue)
May 24th 1819: Queen Victoria born
On this day in 1819 Queen Victoria of Great Britain was born in London. She became Queen in 1837 aged 18 upon the death of her uncle King William IV, who died with no legitimate children. She married her cousin Prince Albert in 1840 and the couple had nine children. Albert died in 1861 and Victoria was in deep mourning for the rest of her life. She was monarch until her death in 1901 aged 81, making her the longest reigning British monarch and longest reigning female monarch in history.
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Wishes I was going back to Bath soon!
Not all midshipmen were young. Some continually failed in their examination for lieutenant, or were passed over for an actual commission, but nevertheless served on one ship after another. Billy Culmer was a noted character in the navy, proud to be called the ‘oldest midshipman in the fleet’. He had first entered in 1755, and was not promoted to lieutenant until 1790, at the age of fifty-seven.
Nelson’s Navy, Brian Lavery
Oh my God.
Cheer up, Mr. Hollom! Turns out you’re not The Most Hopeless Middie Ever, after all!