Keep Calm and Read This! Jeanna Ellsworth ~ To Refine Like Silver

Keep Calm and Read This! Jeanna Ellsworth ~ To Refine Like Silver

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 11

Jeanna Ellsworth is giving us all a gift this weekend, and it is the best of all gifts – a terrific book! To Refine Like Silver is a Pride and Prejudice variation story where many familiar – and all my favorite – characters appear in new situations but remain faithful and true to the originals we know so well. The story may be new, but I recognize everyone.

to refile like silver cover art

This variation takes us deeper into the qualities and traits of the main characters from the original story. It is a romantic and spiritual journey – but don’t dismiss this as a simple work of Inspirational fiction. It is a work of steadfast and sincere faith, of learning what it means to rely on others, and on God. It is about relationships rather than religion.

The author states:

To Refine Like Silver uses gratitude and forgiveness as key principles for overcoming our trials. It definitely is a love story that grows in the midst of great testing, creating a spiritual journey for Darcy and Elizabeth.

If Mr. Darcy had met Elizabeth Bennet in his beloved Derbyshire, would he have recognized her as the love of his life instead of dismissing her as someone “not handsome enough to tempt” him? This alteration of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice adds a little spirit, flirtation, and charm to everyone’s favorite characters.

Early in the summer of 1811, Elizabeth Bennet travels to Derbyshire to help her aunt and uncle settle in as new owners of Saphrinbrooke. Elizabeth is soon introduced to the estate’s nearest neighbors: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and his sister, Georgiana, who is suffering the results of a fateful trip to Ramsgate. Having endured several life tragedies herself, Elizabeth reaches out to the young lady of Pemberley. Under her radiant influence, both Darcy and Georgiana begin to look for help outside of themselves.

To grab your free book, click HERE. You can also click on the first book image below. Jeanna also has two other lovely Pride and Prejudice variations available for purchase.












WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Chaunt

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Chaunt

We all do it…sing, that is.  Whether well or ill, in the shower or driving, for an audience or when we think no one else is around – everyone sings.  This week, let’s learn a new term to use, and perhaps a new tune to sing.

Here's a Song of Love and Maids Forsaken, James Gillray, 1793

Here’s a Song of Love and Maids Forsaken, James Gillray, 1793



Chaunt (noun)
A song; 1670s, from chant (verb) or from French chant (12th century)


To chaunt means to sing.

To throw a rum chaunt means to sing a good song.



The Thieves’ Chaunt (1836)

By W.H. Smith in The Individual

There is a nook in the boozing ken,
Where many a mug I fog,
And the smoke curls gently, while cousin Ben
Keeps filling the pots again and again,
If the coves have stump’d their hog.

The liquors around are diamond bright,
And the diddle is best of all;
But I never in liquors took delight,
For liquors I think is all a bite,
So for heavy wet I call.

The heavy wet in a pewter quart
As brown as badger’s hue,
More than Bristol milk or gin,
Brady or rum, I tipple in,
With my darling blowen, Sue.

Oh! grunting peck in its eating
Is a richly soft and savoury thing;
A Norfolk capon is jolly grub
When you wash it down with strength of bub:
But dearer to me Sue’s kisses far,
Than grunting peck or other grub are,
And I never funks the lambskin men,
When I sits with her in the boozing ken.

Her duds are bob – she’s a kinchin crack,
And I hopes as how she’ll never back;
For she never lushes dog’s-soup or lap,
But she loves my cousin the buffer’s tap.
She’s wide-awake, and her prating cheat,
For humming  cove was never beat;
But because she lately nimm’d some tin,
They have sent her to lodge at the King’s Head Inn.


Need help deciphering the vulgar parts of this little chaunt?  Click here to read the annotated version.  The Thieves’ Chaunt was taken from Musa Pedestris, Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes (1536-1896), collected and annotated by John S. Farmer.

Jack Tar Admiring the Fairer Sex, Thomas Rowlandson (no documentation on how much gin it took to form said admiration)

Jack Tar Admiring the Fairer Sex, Thomas Rowlandson (though there is no documentation on how much gin it took to form said admiration)












All definitions and/or examples for this post are taken from Online Etymological DictionaryCant: A Gentleman’s Guide, and/or 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.