Saving Oakham Mount
The Story of The Hertfordshire Trust for the Preservation and Protection of Local Landmarks and Young Ladies' Virtue
With a tip of the bonnet to Miss Austen and her wonderful way with words, this offering is also inspired by the body of JAFF available on the internet and my inability to resist parodying some of the conventions.
A Trope of Fallen Logs
There was once a discussion thread about the tropes found in JAFF. The following paragraphs are what I posted in a comment there after it had been mentioned that whenever an important character required a convenient boulder or fallen log, there was invariably one at hand.
The story of Pride and Prejudice has been retold thousands of times, in as many ways. Need I subject you to another? Need you wait and wonder? The epilogue is the most satisfying part, so let us immediately go to it.
Once Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet had been discovered in compromising positions at Vauxhall, and in Hyde Park, and in the British Museum, and in the library at Netherfield, and in a mail coach en route from Surrey to Norfolk, there was little recourse but to force them to marry to retain their reputations. This was done, in spite of their protestations of innocence and mutual indifference. No one believed them.
Six months later Elizabeth gave birth to the Darcy triplets, weighing in at a combined eighteen pounds, after an easy labor of only three hours, during most of which she spent in planning a month of menus with Mrs. Reynolds and in arbitrating four disputes between household servants while her devoted husband bathed her brow with soothing lavender water….
Her Other Stories
In addition to these sixteen other stories, Janet had notes and an outline for a long Regency.
Aw nutz. I will miss her. You never wanted to go against JanetR in a canon detail throw-down. She was wonderful.
~Linda Beutler (oregonclematis)
So very, very sad. It is a comfort to know she is now probably having a wonderful chat with Jane Herself—and they are each cracking the other one up!
Once, when it was her turn to give clues to find the name of a fanfic, she picked "Janet & Elisabeth" and cleverly mentioned that "Elizabeth does not have a sister named Jane; her older sister has a prettier name."
It took a moment to realize that she was alluding to a variation of Jane!!
She not only showed her sense of humor but also her generosity to beginners (like me) to easily identify the name of the fic.
I am deeply saddened at Janet's passing. I hope it was peaceful and she is sitting with our Miss Jane getting the scoop on certain questions that have plagued the Janeites for so many years.
Janet was always delightful in her comments and her writing was something I always looked forward to reading. I go way back to the early days of JAFF and Janet has always been a cornerstone of the Austen communities. She will be missed by each of us who find friendship in this strange social media world brought together by our love of Jane Austen.
Sometimes I skim through comments if I am way behind but I always stopped to see Janet's take on things. To say she will be missed is an understatement. Her vast knowledge and expertise on all things JAFF was extraordinary. As I continue to read stories I will wonder what her take on things would have been. There will be a huge void without her voice.
Some comments reference her encyclopedic knowledge of Austen and the period. Very true, but I was even more impressed with her humanistic and rational approach. JanetR always made a lot of sense, and more often than not, you had to agree with her compelling points of view on—well, just about everything.
We are diminished by her loss. She will be missed.
This is such sad news. Janet's comments always jumped off the page.
She was such a wonderful resource for authors and a warm and fun person to us all. Our little world has lost a giant and it's a very sad day.
JanetR was such an asset to the JA community with her knowledge, wit and writing talents. She truly is going to be missed. Rest in peace lovely lady.
So very sad. Whenever there was a question and I saw that she had posted, I knew the question had been answered. Isn't it strange how you can love someone you never met but whom you feel you know well and respect deeply through her words?
Janet's stories and comments will be very much missed here in the community but her spirit lives on. There will be many occasions where we will be thinking....'or as JanetR would have said'....
Janet had such a sharp sense of humor and was brilliant in all things Austen. I always looked forward to reading her comments on my stories, and the way she always tried to puzzle out the characters and their personalities, and what would happen next. She was always one step ahead, and kept me on my toes. I'll truly miss her presence here. Hope she and Jane are somewhere in the cosmos, having a laugh over a cup of tea. Rest peacefully, Janet.
I am saddened by this news...But there has been (and will always be) a wonderful serenity to be able to log into this community of friends and fans, and know that somewhere else in the world, someone else is seeking comfort / fellowship / laughter/ titillation / intellectual discourse / silly distractions / collegial support & advice. JanetR was someone who I didn't have a lot of personal interaction, but I certainly enjoyed all that she shared on these pages. It brings a smile to my face to think of her getting to discuss JAFF with the head writer herself.
I will greatly miss JanetR's pithy, witty, and downright funny commentary, critiques, and stories. She was a true gem.
The world is a lesser place. My condolences to Janet's other family. She will be missed.
This is just a selection of members' thoughts on JanetR. Read more...
In memory of Janet Rutter, a dear, smart, funny, loyal, generous lady some of us knew. In early twitter days I’d sometimes post pictures of the contents of my pockets, inevitably including a toddler sock. This is contents of my winter coat, emptied today. Time has passed, the babies and my eyes have changed. I think janet would have enjoyed the juxtaposition.