12 Search Results for "romance"

The steamy one night affair:  Do you or Don't you?

The steamy one night affair: Do you or Don't you?

Dear Erica, If the opportunity for the perfect, steamy, one-time affair came along, and you knew your partner wouldn’t find out, should you (1) take it because life is too short, OR (2) pass? Best, To...

Help!  My 30 year old son hates my partner.  What would Jane Austen suggest I do?

Help! My 30 year old son hates my partner. What would Jane Austen suggest I do?

Dear Erica, My 30 year old son despises the man that I love and want to build a life with. It’s tearing me apart. What should I do? Distraught in Delaware Dear Distraught in Delaware, That is a tricky...

How do you deal with toxic relatives and frenemies?  Forget Taylor Swift. George Eliot had the answers all along...

How do you deal with toxic relatives and frenemies? Forget Taylor Swift. George Eliot had the answers all along...

Dear Erica, I just went to see my cousin, who always manages to say something that makes me feel worse about my hair or my clothes or my job. But I can’t just avoid her completely, she’s family, after...

Ending an Engagement:  Break Slowly or Snap Suddenly?

Ending an Engagement: Break Slowly or Snap Suddenly?

Dear Erica, I’ve gotten engaged to my boyfriend of nearly five years, but after just a few short weeks, I’ve decided I can’t go through with it.  How can I end it as nicely as possibly?  Do I tell him...

Passion, Prudence, & Regret:  Would Jane Austen advise pursuing a long-distance relationship?

Passion, Prudence, & Regret: Would Jane Austen advise pursuing a long-distance relationship?

Dear Erica, I’ve been working and living in New York for the past few years and have just been accepted at business school at Stanford. Of course, now that I’m leaving New York, I finally got up the c...

Emily Bronte, Dave Chappelle, and #Metoo:  What can Heathcliff teach us about monsters like Harvey Weinstein?

Emily Bronte, Dave Chappelle, and #Metoo: What can Heathcliff teach us about monsters like Harvey Weinstein?

Dear Erica, I am amazed and furious that men in power have been able to get away with such horrific behaviour for so long.  How do you think the writers you talk about would respond to the #Metoo m...

Why doesn't love last forever?  What advice can Somerset Maugham give Jennifer Aniston?

Why doesn't love last forever? What advice can Somerset Maugham give Jennifer Aniston?

Dear Erica, What do you think about Jennifer Aniston’s breakup with Justin Theroux?  Why can’t she get a happily ever after? Saddened in San Francisco Dear Saddened in San Francisco, Jennifer Aniston...

Why does revisiting our old haunts never feel quite right? What insights can Elizabeth Gaskell give us about the impact of change?

Why does revisiting our old haunts never feel quite right? What insights can Elizabeth Gaskell give us about the impact of change?

Dear Erica, I recently went back to my old home in Gloucestershire.  My parents sold the house when I was in Uni, and I’ve not been back in nearly fifteen years but we were driving through and I decid...

What advice do Somerset Maugham and Chris Rock have in common when it comes to relationships and marriage?

What advice do Somerset Maugham and Chris Rock have in common when it comes to relationships and marriage?

Dear Erica, I’m worried my best-friend’s marriage is unhappy.  I know she was madly in love with her last boyfriend and they had a terrible breakup, and she married her husband very soon after so I al...

Seventeen and never been kissed - What's the real problem according to Jane Austen's Emma and Clueless's Cher?

Seventeen and never been kissed - What's the real problem according to Jane Austen's Emma and Clueless's Cher?

Dear Erica, I am concerned about my younger cousin. She is seventeen years old, and has yet to be kissed! She is very pretty and smart, and I am unsure what the problem may be. My only clue is that wh...

Auld Lang Syne - Should Nostalgic in New Orleans reconnect with her old boyfriend?

Auld Lang Syne - Should Nostalgic in New Orleans reconnect with her old boyfriend?

Dear Erica, I’ve been invited to a New Years party where I’ll be forced to see my old boyfriend.  It was a pretty painful breakup but now, many years later, I am very happily married and I’ve heard th...

College Reunions and Jane Austen's Emma - Lessons in Friendship

College Reunions and Jane Austen's Emma - Lessons in Friendship

Dear Erica, I’ve just spent time with an old college friend at a reunion weekend and we just didn’t connect in the way we once did.  It’s so sad.  We used to be really close but we just don’t have muc...