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The 19th century Frenemy - Jane Austen's Lucy Steele found in Florida

The 19th century Frenemy - Jane Austen's Lucy Steele found in Florida

Dear Erica, I am a Freshman at FIU and I’m beginning to be suspicious of my roommate(let’s call her Nikki). I started dating a guy six months ago, and Nikki always manages to flirt with him when we go...

What should you do about a spoiled brat? Jane Eyre and Roald Dahl have some answers...

What should you do about a spoiled brat? Jane Eyre and Roald Dahl have some answers...

Dear Erica, My best-friend’s son is a spoiled brat. She’s always complaining that he doesn’t have friends, and his teachers don’t appreciate his genius, but I think it makes complete sense that no one...

Bridesmaid squabbles in New Orleans - What would Elizabeth Von Arnim advise?

Bridesmaid squabbles in New Orleans - What would Elizabeth Von Arnim advise?

Dear Erica, I am planning my best-friends Bachelorette party, and I’m getting more and more annoyed with one of the other bridesmaids. I’m the Maid of Honor, and I was the one who came up with the ide...

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 decide...

Dreading a visit from some old friends?   Heed Elizabeth von Arnim's wise words and you might just have a fabulous time!

Dreading a visit from some old friends? Heed Elizabeth von Arnim's wise words and you might just have a fabulous time!

Dear Erica, I’m having some old friends to stay next weekend, and although I adore them, I’m rather dreading it.  I just don't want us to get on each other's nerves.  Do you have any advice? Nervous i...