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The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles by Jack Caldwell — 17 Comments

  1. Well said, Jack. Thanks for the words of wisdom and for the comparisons. I was wondering about Mansfield Park and its movies. I watched one recently and found it a little disturbing. It is my least favorite of Jane’s books.

    My father has been deceased for 16 years. I often wish our relationship had been better. I have an awesome grandfather who took care of us after my parents divorced. My husband is s great dad to our girls.

  2. An excellent look at the fathers in Jane’s novels, Jack – all have their weaknesses which is what makes them human I suppose. I’m due to meet my own next week in Bath and am looking forward to it hugely!

  3. Thank you for such a wonderful post Jack. I agree with you about Sir Thomas being the best father in Jane’s novels. My father reminds me of Mr. Bennet in that he always spent off work time in his room reading unless it was time to eat or drive us somewhere. My mother ran, and still runs, her home with an iron fist. As an adult, I understand things that I did not understand before….

  4. Thank you for such a thoughtful post, Jack! I appreciate your analysis of the fathers in Jane Austen and especially of Thomas Bertram, and agree with you! There is so much depth and things to consider in Mansfield Park, that it has become my favorite after P&P. My own dear father has been gone over 30 years, but I still remember him fondly on Father’s Day and many other times as well!

  5. A sly comment, Jack: to leave the effect of an involved Sir Thomas to our imaginations. We don’t have to do that, since you wrote that wonderful Variation on just that theme. (It’s one I re-read often).

    This is a lovely post!\

  6. A truly lovely and eye opening post, Jack! Thank you on behalf of all the good fathers in the world. We women hope to have a helpmate in the raising of our children who are truly interested in their offspring. A good father is one who you can count on in good times and in bad, who tries his best to protect his family from harm and to put their wellbeing first. Austen’s fathers always confound me because I have always believed that JA’s father was loving and supportive of her. Why the majority of the fathers in her books are less than they should be surprises me. I know fathers’ roles were different in the early 19th century, but the innate desire to take care of your own would seem to be genetic rather than societal.

    You give me a great reason to do a reread of all the novels again this summer with special attention to fathers, Jack. And Happy Father’s Day to you!!!

  7. Wonderful post, Jack!! Despite the wit and wisdom of P&P, Mansfield Park has long been my favorite Austen novel. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of a good film version; the two more recent attempts were lamentable at best.

    I really enjoyed your analysis of the various fathers in Austen, especially Sir Thomas. I have always enjoyed seeing his turn-around and his final appreciation of Fanny.

    Thanks for writing and posting this gem, Jack. Gives us some food-for-thought with Father’s Day coming up. 🙂

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂
    (who is about 2/3 the way through Pemberley Ranch–what a great book!!)

    • Thanks, Susanne. Sir Thomas’ turn-around is very well done in the 1983 production. Thank you for your kind words about PEMBERLEY RANCH. Once you’re done, try THE PLAINS OF CHALMETTE.

  8. Thanks for your post, you’ve given me a new reason to reread Mansfield Park (as someone else also said, probably my least favorite of Austen’s novels because so many characters are difficult to like). I am sorry for your father’s passing. I also lost my dad almost 30 years now, and I do think about how important the steady influence of a good father is in any family.

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