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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...

Dust and Gossip:  What would Elizabeth von Arnim say to a meddling busybody?

Dust and Gossip: What would Elizabeth von Arnim say to a meddling busybody?

Dear Erica, My husband’s widowed aunt is staying with us for the next two weeks, and she is driving me mad. Although she never had children of her own, she’s constantly commenting on my children’s ter...

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...

Motherhood and Middlemarch: The trials of baby bathtime

Motherhood and Middlemarch: The trials of baby bathtime

Dear Erica, I just had a baby, and he is the most beautiful, adorable baby boy in the whole world(not biased at all of course!) My sister is now visiting and meeting him for the first time. Although I...

Is honesty always the best policy in a marriage?  What would George Eliot advise?

Is honesty always the best policy in a marriage? What would George Eliot advise?

Dear Erica, There are a number of things about my husband that are driving me crazy right now. In particular, his refusal to call a plumber when the toilet jams up, because of course he knows how to f...