Dearest, loveliest Meg

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility tells the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, and their search for happiness. In Edward Ferrars, Elinor finds her soul mate, and Marianne comes finally home to Colonel Brandon’s love.

There is, however, another sister.

Margaret Dashwood is left to care for her spendthrift mother. Will she find her match too?








Next week, Margaret’s story appears on this page on Saturday. Join us for Dearest, loveliest Meg.







History’s ‘Vikings’ Renewed For Third Season

By Patrick Munn

History has renewed its first original scripted series Vikings for a third season. The period drama has received an order for a further 10 episodes.

Vikings has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television.  With its large, passionate and loyal fan base, Vikings has cemented History firmly in the scripted series genre, just as we are the leaders in reality television,” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager of History & H2.

Vikings follows Ragnar, a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. The drama series stars Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee), Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back), Clive Standen (Camelot) and Katheryn Winnick (Stand Up Guys).

The renewal, which comes a mere four episodes into the show’s second season, comes after Vikings has been averaging 3.4 million total viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and 1.5 million Adults 18-49. The strong ratings have made the drama the number one show on basic cable in the Thursday 10pm time-slot. Production on the show’s third season is slated to commence this summer for a 2015 premiere.

Period Drama Dictionary


The aristocracy are people considered to be in the highest social class in a society which once had a political system of Aristocracy. Aristocrats possess hereditary titles granted by a monarch, which once granted them feudal or legal privileges, or deriving, as in Ancient Greece and India, from a military caste. They are usually below only the monarch of a country in the social hierarchy. The term “aristocracy” is derived from the Greek language aristokratia, meaning ‘the rule of the best’.



Barmkin and Keep at Castle Doe Scottish 15th C.

A battlement or battlemented wall;

a wall of defense

Beau Monde (The ton)


The terms Beau Monde (French for “beautiful world”) and polite society have been interchangeable with le bon ton during different periods (see ton)

Bolt-hole or Bolthole

Bolt-holeA place of escape for refuge. A chased rabbit may bolt into a hole for refuge. In period drama, it usually means an escape route from within a castle. A hidden tunnel behind a large picture or hung tapestry, perhaps. An escape route not easily discovered by the invading warriors.

Clerestory / Lantern

clerestory_lanternClerestory (pronounced /kleer-stawr-ee,/; lit. clear storey, also clearstory, clearstorey, or overstorey) is an architectural term. A portion of an interior clerestoryrising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior. Usually only afforded by the highest of nobility ranks.




An immoral woman, prostitute, mistress, whore







a ruffle or flounce, as on a woman’s skirt or petticoat,

or used as trim for hats



1. a wardrobe or the garderobe1contents of a wardrobe
2. a bedroom or private room
3 .a privy, a latrine






jarveyA Hackney Coachman or a Hackney Coach
[C19: from Jarvey, familiar form of personal nameJarvis]




A knight is a member of the warrior class of the Middle Ages in Europe who followed a code

of law called “chivalry”. In other Indo-European languages, cognates of cavalier or rider are more prevalent (e.g., French chevalier and German Knight on horseRitter), suggesting a connection to the knight’s mode of transport. Since antiquity a position of honour and prestige has been held by mounted warriors such as the Greek hippeus and the Roman eques, and knighthood in the Middle Ages was inextricably linked with horsemanship.

Some orders of knighthood, such as the Knights Templar, have themselves become the object of legend; others have disappeared into obscurity. Today, a number of orders of knighthood continue to exist in several countries, such as the English Order of the Garter, the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim, and the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. Each of these orders has its own criteria for eligibility, but knighthood is generally granted by a head of state to selected persons to recognize some meritorious achievement.


Mounting Blockmounting_block

A mounting block, horse block, or in Scots a loupin’-on-stane is an assistance for mounting and dismounting a horse or cart, especially for the young, elderly or infirm. They were especially useful for women riding sidesaddle, allowing a horse to be mounted without a loss of modesty.


Noblesse Oblige

Nobility Obliges – such as a Duke working along side his farm tenants to extinguish a fire of a tenant home


Nobility Ranks

1. Duke
2. Marquess
3. Earl
4. Viscount
5. Baron

These are the very basic ranks.
So much has changed over the centuries. Furthermore, the eldest son of a Duke is a Marquess – the eldest son of a Marquess is an Earl – the eldest son of an Earl is a Viscount. However, the eldest sons of a Viscount and a Baron are called “The Honourable (name)



perlieuPerlieu is a term used of the outlying parts of a place or district. A piece of land on the edge of a forest, originally land that, after having been included in a royal forest, was restored to private ownership, though still subject, in some respects, to the operation of the forest laws. Frequently, the lands managed by nobility had forested regions on their bounderies being called the perlieu.

Piano Nobile

piano_noblie1The piano nobile piano_noblie2(Italian, “noble floor” or “noble level”) is the principal floor of a large house, usually built in one of the styles of classical renaissance architecture. This floor contains the principle reception and bedrooms of the house.



Quizzing Glass

quizzing glasses

A monocle is a type of corrective lens used to correct or enhance the vision in only one eye. It consists of a circular lens, generally with a wire ring around the circumference that can be attached to a string. The other end of the string is then connected to the wearer’s clothing to quizzing glassavoid losing the monocle. The antiquarian Philipp von Stosch wore a monocle in Rome in the 1720s, in order to closely examine engravings and antique engraved gems, but the monocle did not become an article of gentlemen’s apparel until the nineteenth century. It was introduced by the dandy’s quizzing glass of the 1790s, as a sense of high fashion.




In the 18th and 19th centuries, a woman’s small bag or purse, usually in the form of a pouch with a drawstring and made of net, beading, brocade, silk, etc. [ret-i-kyool]


rozzerBritish slang for policeman 1890-1895

Servant Hierachy


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A male admirer or lover








1350-1400’s – To copulate


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British Informal (origin: 1850-1855)
A stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class.





The ton (pronounced tone) is a term commonly used to refer to Britain’s high society during the Georgian era, especially the Regency and reign of George IV. It comes from the French word meaning taste or everything that is fashionable. The full phrase is le bon ton, meaning good manners or in the fashionable mode; characteristics held as ideal by the British ton.



a long shallow basket made of curved strips of wood and used for carrying flowers, fruit, etc


Vail / Vails

1. to take off or doff (one’s hat), as in respect or submission
2. a tip or gratuity (such as to a butler of a house where you were a guest)

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When Mongols abduct Ja-in on her wedding day, her brother Nam-Yi, still reeling from the tragedy that claimed their father’s life, sets out to find her. Alive with new purpose, the skilled archer takes aim at the invading army in spectacular battle.


The Lost Northbound Train – Part Twenty

Chapter Twenty – Inexorable Fate


While John was propelled into the Unknown, only one fact stood clearly in his mind; he must not let go of Margaret! In that last conscious second, he managed to sling his arms around her waist and cling tightly to her. Whatever would transpire, he would not release his hold on Margaret, even if he should die in the process! But the violence of the force with which they were thrown into the darkness was overpowering …

As consciousness slowly returned, Margaret immediately felt the sting of an injury to her left shoulder and, when she moved it, she cried out in pain. Opening her eyes, she saw John’s worried face hovering above hers.


“Margaret, darling, lay still! I think you may have dislocated your shoulder.”

“Where are we?” Margaret asked, looking around.

“We are in the mill’s loom hall. Fortunately we seem to have landed onto a pile of cotton waste which must have cushioned the blow somewhat. Margaret, the looms are not working, so I guess we cannot be sure in what era we are.”

Margaret, firmly holding on to John’s arm, managed to sit up, though the pain in her shoulder was growing worse by the minute.

“John,” she urged, “look closely! I recognize this location very clearly. I was here just before I took the train back to London in the company of Henry Lennox. Do you recall it, John? I told you so on the station platform where our trains crossed.”

John nodded, deep in thoughts.

“I met your mother in here, that day,” Margaret continued. “She was so very bitter, John. She accused me of coming to gloat over you and the bankruptcy of Marlborough Mills. Oh, John, she was so very distressed about not knowing where you were! Just think of it! She still does not know after all these weeks that we spent in the future!”


“Yes, you are right, darling. We should go and find out where we are and, more important, in which era. Come, let’s get you on your feet.”

With the greatest care, John assisted his wife in getting up, yet he couldn’t prevent her having a lot of pain in her injured shoulder. Eventually, they started toward the entrance door of the hall. As they were passing one of the grimy windows, they saw the deserted courtyard stretching out beneath it.


“Oh God!” John whispered. “Is it possible that we arrived back in our own time?”

“Let’s go outside, John.”

They did indeed exited the hall into a courtyard that acutely resembled the one John had fled after the mill’s downfall and, in sore need of a distraction from all his worries, had gone on a train to Helstone, Hampshire. In unison, their glances turned to the house where John and his family had lived. Laced curtains still adorned the clean windows, and the doorstep was still meticulously swept.

Hiding behind a stack of cotton bales, John and Margaret observed the stately house. It certainly looked like John’s 1852 home!

“Listen, sweetheart, we cannot go inside the way we are dressed just now, in jeans, T-shirts and denim jackets. I will bring you back to the hall and install you somewhat more comfortably there, while I will go and see if I can get us more suitable clothing. Can you wait for me there?”

“Of course I can, John. You are so right! That is just the thing to do.”


Once nightfall had set in, John cautiously crept toward the house’s back door with the intention to wait until the lights went out in the pantry. That was a sure sign that Cook had gone to her bedchamber. Cook was always the last to seek her bed for the night. He had to wait for another hour before he could execute his plan of forcing his way into his own house by picking the pantry’s door lock. The house was quiet but faint little noises were audible, as if the rooms themselves were listening for intruders. John stole his way up to his bedroom by using the servant’s staircase, which lay at the back of the house and was more isolated than the main staircase. Ten minutes later, he had done his ablutions, dressed himself in clean clothes and sneaked into Fanny’s old bedroom to get a dress out of her closet. His spoilt sister had not bothered taking them all with her after her marriage to Watson.

He hurried back to the factory hall where he found Margaret dozing on the bed of cotton waste.

“My dearest, I am going to help you get into this dress. It will be painful but also necessary, for I want

to take you to Dr Donaldson. You shoulder needs to be set as soon as possible lest the muscles cramp up.”

Margaret acquiesced with lips as white as the left-over sheets of cotton on the inert looms, and John eased her into the dress. By the time he was finished, she had passed out with the pain. John was not surprised. He knew all too well how excruciating the pain must be. Carefully, he carried her to the street and hailed a conveniently passing cab.

Dr Donaldson did not so much as blink when John rang at his door that late. He knew John would not call for just a trifle illness or injury. With stoicism, he accepted John’s explanation that Margaret had taken a fall on a train platform, somewhere halfway between Milton and London. He nodded pensively at John’s going into detail about their trains crossing and he spotting her. The doctor’s thoughts were already on the task at hand.

“Help me get her onto the examination table, Mr Thornton. I will set the shoulder while you are to keep her down. Poor child, she has not had much of a respite, this last year, has she?”

“No, she has not,” John replied, emotion clouding his voice.

After the task was completed, John asked the doctor if Margaret could spend the night at his infirmary, to which Dr Donaldson agreed. John would come and get her in the morning. He left the doctor’s house to perform a task that he was even more reluctant to; he had to go and speak with his mother.


John had to knock hard before he was heard by a sleepy Jane whose task it was to answer the door.

“Mr Thornton!” she exclaimed, clutching the shawl hard over her nightgown for propriety’s sake.

“Thank you for letting me in, Jane. I am sorry to have woken you so late but be so good as to inform my mother I have come home. There is no need for her to rise, I will see her in the morning.”

However, by the time he had reached his bedchamber, Hannah Thornton rushed in, right out of bed, without having bothered to put on a dressing gown.

“John! Thank Heaven you have returned! I have been worried out of my wits! Where the hell have you been?”

“Mother …” He was with her in two long strides and took her into his arms, so firmly that she whimpered frm the force of his embrace.

“Mother, why were you so out of sorts? Surely, I was not gone that long?”

“John, you were gone for two whole days! That is enough to drive any mother into madness! It was not something you had ever done before, John. You always used to inform me of all you undertook.”

Closing his eyes to prevent his mother to witness his astonishment, John processed what he just heard. Two days! All those long weeks he spent with Margaret in 2013, came down on only two days in 1852! Unfathomable!

“Mother, I’m so sorry to have put you through this. It will never happen again, be sure of that.”

“You’re home safely, that’s enough! What have you been doing then?”

John gestured to one of the chairs next to his washstand and sat down himself, using the other one.

“Mother, I have something to tell you …” he said quietly, looking her in the face.


The End


ITV Sets Premiere Date For ‘Endeavour’ Season 2

By Patrick Munn – March 19th, 2014 @ 04:24 pm UTC

The second season of ITV’s Morse prequel Endeavour will premiere on Sunday March 30th at 8pm, it has been announced.

Endeavour follows a young detective Endeavour Morse and his partner Detective Inspector Fred Thursday as the investigate various crimes in the 1960′s. The series is produced by Mammoth Screen & Masterpiece and stars Shaun Evans as Morse, Roger Allam as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, James Bradshaw as Dr Max Debryn and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil.

“1966 brings Endeavour a fresh quartet of baffling mysteries set to test his brain and body to breaking point”, said writer Russell Lewis. “Though offset by the possibility of love unlooked for, against a backdrop of growing change in Britain and the wider world, Endeavour must face a challenge that threatens to take from him all he holds dear. Family.  Friends. Colleagues. The old order changeth… but not without a fight. To the death.”

TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.